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This doctrine should also prove a help in worship. Even in the days of Solomon, after
the temple had been built according to God's own plan, it was recognized that there could
be no localizing of the Deity:--
"But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven and the heaven of
heavens cannot contain Thee: how much less this house that I have builded?"
(I Kings. 8: 27).
God is not confined to the heavens. A recent critic ridiculed the idea expressed by the
words, "Far above all heavens". But even Gen. 1: 1 implies three spheres: "In the
beginning God created the heaven and the earth." In addition to heaven and earth this
verse necessitates a third sphere--that which is associated with God before the heaven
and the earth were created. With this third sphere the Mystery and its blessings are
concerned, although even here there are limitations beyond our fathoming, for none can
compare with God.
He is from everlasting to everlasting; He is the Ancient of days, He is everywhere
and always; and so far as we and our experiences are concerned, this is the assurance to
us of His abiding presence. "I AM THAT I AM." This God is our God.