11th May 2018

God Is Gone Up 

God is gone up with triumph, even the Lord with the sound of the trumpet
Psalm 47:5 (GNV)

When the sons of Korah wrote Psalms 46 to 48, it was at a time of national gratitude. Most scholars date these psalms to the time of Hezekiah, when Judah had been saved due to the sudden destruction of Sennacherib’s army (2 Kings 19:35).

In this story we can see parallels to how Jesus, the Word who was with God and was God (John 1:1), came down to save us and then ascended on high. The prophet Isaiah foretold Judah’s delivery from the Assyrians in this way: “so shall the Lord of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion” (Isaiah 31:4). God will come down from his throne to deliver, is the thought. That is how we understand the incarnation, that Jesus, in whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead, came down and dwelt among us so that the whole world may be delivered from the destructfulness of sin.

God’s presence is everywhere at all times, and when Isaiah and the psalmists talk of going up and down they speak in terms that seem understandable to us. With Jesus, however, God the Son did come down, and the Bible records that he went up again to the throne of God. Psalm 47:5 therefore becomes a prototype of the Ascension of Christ and a reflection of that event. After having come down to intervene, God now ascends in triumph with the celebration of a trumpet sound.

The exciting thing for us is that, in the certainty of faith, we are included in Christ and we have ascended with him. The Father of glory “raised him from the dead, and set him at his right hand in the heavenly places,” and “raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 1:20, 2:6).

“God is gone up with triumph, even the Lord with the sound of the trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the king of all the earth” (Psalm 47:5-7).

Study by James Henderson


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