The Hebrew root word, ram, simply speaks of elevation. When used of God it is a statement of His exaltation above all creation. A few other names of God also speak of His greatness using the metaphor of height. Names that place God in heaven sometimes sound as though heaven is physically at an unreachable elevation. However, heaven is not a physical paradise in the sky, and although God is called God on High, He points out that,
I dwell on a high and holy place,
And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit
In order to revive the spirit of the lowly
And to revive the heart of the contrite. (Isa. 57:15)
The KJV calls Him the High God. The NIV gives this Hebrew name of God as “Exalted God.” On the other hand, the same version calls God above, God on High (Job 31:28 NIV). A similar name for God in the New Testament is Majesty on high.
God on high in Hebrew:
Strong’s Concordance numbers: 430, 4791
Bible reference: Mic. 6:6
With what shall I come to the Lord
And bow myself before the God on high?
Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings,
With yearling calves?
Does the Lord take delight in thousands of rams,
In ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:6-8)