Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Importance of Trusting and Adoring the Triune God

Reading:

1) Heidelberg Catechism

24 Q. How are these articles divided?

A. Into three parts: God the Father and our creation;
God the Son and our deliverance;
God the Holy Spirit and our sanctification.



2) Scripture

Psalm 115:1-9a:

1Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
2 Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
3 Our God is in the heavens;
he does all that he pleases.
4 Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
5 They have mouths, but do not speak;
eyes, but do not see.
6 They have ears, but do not hear;
noses, but do not smell.
7 They have hands, but do not feel;
feet, but do not walk;
and they do not make a sound in their throat.
8 Those who make them become like them;
so do all who trust in them.
9 O Israel, trust in the Lord!

Comment:

The first thing the catechism draws our attention to in the Apostles Creed is its teaching of the trinity. All three persons of the trinity are mentioned: Father, Son, and Spirit.

Some people have the mistaken idea that the trinity is not too important for our lives. The longer I am a Christian the more valuable and dear to my heart is the teaching that God is triune! Knowing God as triune guides us. Knowing God as triune shows us how we should relate to God and to one another!

Psalm 115:8 gives us an important principle of our spiritual of our spiritual lives: We become like whatever we trust and worship! From all eternity the triune God has existed in loving relationship. God is love because before he created anything he existed in a relationship of love: Father, Son, and Spirit. Trusting and worshiping this triune God will cause us to also live a life of love.

From all eternity the triune God has also existed in a certain order. The Son, though equal with the Father, has always lovingly subordinated himself to his Father’s will. The Father sent the Son, and together the Father and Son sent the Spirit. There is equality and yet submission in the trinity. Trusting and worshiping this triune God will help us to learn to relate to one another as human beings.

As God’s image bearers we are all equal, and yet we relate to one another in God-ordained relationships that require authority and submission. Authority and submission is not a burden, but rather a delight when we take joy in imitating the triune God. Our imitation of the Lord our God brings him glory. “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory!”


Discussion: What important principle of the spiritual life do we find in Psalm 115:8? Why could God not be loving from all eternity if he didn’t exist as one in three and three in one? There is equality and yet submission in the trinity---how do human beings imitate this equality and submission in their relationships?

Prayer Starter: Praise the Lord for his triune nature. Ask the Lord to help you to trust and adore him, so that you will become like him and bring him glory.

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