You have probably sung the doxology if you have been in church for any length of time. The words of this short hymn of praise in most traditions are: Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below. Praise Him above the heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. A—men.
Have you thought about the necessity and vitality of worshiping all three persons of the Trinity? God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are not to be excluded.
I assume that many Christ-followers are fairly adept at worshiping God the Father due to the “father images and metaphors” used in day-to-day church language and practice (“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name”). Others would recognize the centrality of what Jesus did on the cross and accomplished via an empty tomb to signify how critical Jesus is to anyone becoming right with God. He purchased salvation for anyone who would receive and believe Him (John 1:12). But what about the Holy Spirit?
Is it possible we may be neglecting one of the three co-equal members of the Godhead, and our worship may be a bit thin when we consider the Holy Spirit? He too, is deserving of our adoration, right?
We often refer to the Holy Spirit as the third Person of the Trinity, but that does not assume or communicate that He is any less important than the Father or the Son. Consider a short list of who He is and what He has done: He is eternal, wise, powerful, loving and just. Jesus said He, the Spirit, would come after Him to continue the vital work of conversion and empowerment in our lives. It was only because of the Spirit’s work in our lives that any of us became a believer in Jesus. It was the Spirit who convicted us of sin and helped us to realize salvation is found in no one else other than Jesus. It was the Spirit who drew us to say no to sin and yes to forgiveness, salvation, and new life in Christ the Savior. The moment you said yes to Jesus, the Holy Spirit regenerated your mortal body (John 3:6), made you part of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13), and sealed you in the Father’s family (Ephesians 1:13).
What an amazing effort He makes on the behalf of men and women who desire to be right with God. Now that you are a follower of the Most High (and true) God, do not forget that God the Father sent his only Son, Jesus, (who was obedient to death), to substitute Himself for you on the cross. The Holy Spirit then led you to salvation and will walk with you for the rest of your life. The promise of Scripture is that the Spirit will guide you, empower you to live according to God’s Word, gives you spiritual gifts with which to serve God, and He also prays for you.
Read Romans 8:9.
The apostle Paul argued in chapter 7 of the book of Romans that life without the grace and mercy of Jesus is misery, defeat, bondage to sin, and ultimately, death. Now in chapter 8, Paul states that new life with God, freedom from sin and condemnation, victory over sin, and power to live right is available through partnership with and submission to the Holy Spirit.
Next time you praise God, be sure to spend some time praising the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Grow devotionally. The doxology is an accurate way to praise God in His fullness.
Love is a verb,
©2014 by Mike Olejarz