John MacArthur said "One other one in Psalm 139, I think it's verse 8, a very
similar statement is made. It says this, "If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there.
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art there." In other words, wherever you
go, into heaven or into the grave, you are in the presence of the Lord which
means you still exist in His presence. Hosea chapter 6 says the same thing.
Isaiah 26 says the same thing. Perhaps one other one to read to you specifically
is at the end of Daniel's prophecy, chapter 12 and verse 2. "Many of those who
sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, and the
others to disgrace and everlasting contempt." There will be the resurrection of
everyone, some to everlasting life, some to everlasting contempt, some to heaven
and some to hell. It is commonly believed among the Jews throughout their
history and certainly at the time of Jesus that there will be life after death,
there will be life in the presence of God or out of the presence of God and
there will be a resurrection body, a resurrection unto life or unto contempt and
disgrace. That is the background of the text before us."
1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
3You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
4Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O LORD, You know it all.
5You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
7Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.