the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee


Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.
Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore.

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord‘s name is to be praised.

The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
(Psalms 113:1-4)

This morning, the Monday of the Third Week of Easter, the sun rose behind a layer of stratus, which muted the rich pink of a blooming dogwood. However, the sun broke through the clouds and the heating of the earth generated massively unstable air.


But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded? (I Kings 8:27)

The message of the Apostle [Paul] because it is concerned with the gift of God is likewise of necessity a missionary message. What has been revealed to the world in Christ for its salvation has for ages been concealed in the counsels of God, but now the “mystery” was revealed, namely “that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the Gospel” (Eph 3:1-12; 1:4; I Cor 2:7). For this reason the Apostle contends with equally uncompromising determination against the narrow Jewish pride in their election and against the cosmopolitan syncretism of Hellenistic-oriental heathenism, because in either case the gift of reconciliation which has been given to the world and which alone can effect its salvation is trifled with and despised.–Adolph Köberle in The Quest for Holiness