Speak Lord – God up there? Or within? Or ‘ground of our being’?

Ascension and Pentecost

Back in the ’60s, argument about the where, how and who of God were all the rage.

John Robinson in Honest to God, published in 1963, called contemporary Christians to a more sophisticated way of thinking of God, and speaking of God. It was unworthy of God, he argued, in a scientific age, to naively speak of heaven as up there, or God as up there.

No such problems seem to preoccupy the author of the psalm we sing on Sunday.

God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.

All peoples, clap your hands,
cry to God with shouts of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, we must fear,
great king over all the earth.

God goes up with shouts of joy;
the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.
Sing praise for God, sing praise,
sing praise to our king, sing praise.

God is king of all the earth,
sing praise with all your skill.
God is king over the nations;
God reigns on his holy throne.

God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.

Psalm 46:2-3,6-9

  • Where is the God to whom you pray?
  • For what do you praise him?
  • What skills do you have that you use to praise and glorify God?

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