Worshiping a Mysterious Triune God
Sunday I had the privilege of worshiping with two of my children and their families at First Baptist Church in Nashville. It is always a joy to worship with family, and I so deeply appreciate the ministry of this great church and its pastoral leadership. Sitting next to a grandchild and hearing strains of “Holy, Holy, Holy” coming from the lips of a five-year-old with his mom (my daughter) guiding his participation as well as beautifully joining the song herself resonates an unspeakable joy in my spirit for rather obvious reasons.
The sermon by Pastor Frank Lewis at First Baptist Sunday began a series in which he will be answering questions posed by youth students of the church. One of Sunday’s questions had to do with understanding the Trinity. Pastor Frank stated the question posed, then accentuated its nature with a humorous pause, which really implied the appropriate response which he then articulated very well, “This is mystery.” He addressed appropriately some popular attempts at “explanation” and demonstrated the theological fallacies of each, including a high alarm related to modalism. The message sought to engage the congregation in the point of our gathering, namely, worship of the living Triune God, Who is holy other, yet Who desires relationship to Who reaches toward us in the events of the Gospel from before the world began to this very day.
Needless to say, I am grateful for the fact that my children and grandchildren are being nurtured in such an atmosphere where worship centers in He Who is “merciful and mighty; God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity.” Singing the text of great hymns and knowing my grandchildren are growing into these truths is a rich blessing.
Interestingly, Sunday’s worship experience coincided with a Facebook posting I saw the day before by a dear friend, Dr. Rob Hewell of Ouachita Baptist University. It was the Andrei Rublev rendering of the Three visitors of Abraham (Gen 18) that are largely accepted as the 15th Century artists representation of the Trinity. As I posted on Rob’s facebook page, I never look upon this work but what it speaks to me of the mystery of One God in Three Persons. I first really began contemplating the work when attending the Institute for Worship Studies and encountered it in both class and worship settings.
Pardon my personal musings here connecting family, faith, friends, and art, but actually this is my whole point for writing about these events; worship is all of life. Our hearts are not only thankful when we are partaking of Lord’s Supper, or watching a friend act upon a spiritual decision. As Worship Leaders we have opportunity to assist worshipers to open eyes, ears, and spirits to God at work in the world all around us. Certainly, the Spirit is alive in the engagement with those things closest to us like family, friends, artistic sentiment, and daily disciplines. Let’s help others recognize the mysterious joy of knowing the Holy, and why “all the saints adore Thee,” even “though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see.”Explore posts in the same categories: Church Music, Congregational Singing, Leading Worship, Music Ministry, Private Worship, Singing Worship, Spiritual formation through singing, Worship Leaders, Worship Pastors, Worship Reminders, Worship theology, Worship thoughts, Youth Worship