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Daily Bible Verse - 9/14/2007 - Psalm 115:3

NIV Our God is in heaven;
he does whatever pleases him.
KJV But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.
NASB But our God is in the heavens;
He does whatever He pleases.
Psalm 115:3
The transcendence of God means that He is exalted above the universe, and has His being apart from it. The sovereignty of God means that He is free to do whatever He pleases, and what He pleases is always good, just and wise.

MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. (1997, c1995). Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments (Ps 115:3). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

"God in Heaven"

This descriptive phrase is found nine times in the Old Testament. In describing the Lord as "God in heaven," the writers of Scripture affirm several truths. Moses views God's position in heaven as giving Him the right to call on the Israelites to "keep.. His commandments" (Deut. 4:39, 40). Rahab, a citizen of Jericho, saw Yahweh's position as God in heaven as one of power. He was well able to aid Israel and to crush Jericho's walls (Josh. 2:11). When the Lord is addressed as "God in heaven" in 1 Kings 8:23, 2 Chronicles 6:14, and 20:6, it is His uniqueness that is in view. All other so-called deities are idols whose realms are limited to the earth. They are the inventions of demons whose forms are fashioned by people. Psalm 115:3-6 beautifully sums up what it means to know the Lord as God in heaven.

Richards, L. (2001). Every name of God in the Bible. Includes indexes. Everything in the Bible series (43). Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson.

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