How do modern songwriters explore the question of whether or not God is close enough to be invested in our lives and outcomes? Bette Midler’s “From A Distance” imagines that God’s view of humans must be rose-colored from such a great distance—as it is for us when flying in an airplane, for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN4AcFzxtdE. Joan Osborne pictures the opposite scenario in “One of Us”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6te4xieQDg. The song “Be Near” by Shane & Shane illustrates the truth of Psalm 73:28 “But for me it is good to be near God”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4VgDdgfJgU.
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