Preacher: “Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.”
Seeker: Which Lord, Preacher? This being the week that ends in Trinity Sunday, which Lord should be ascribed to and praised for glory & strength?
Preacher: “Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendor.”
Seeker: Which Lord, Preacher? Which Lord should be worshiped in Holy Splendor and the Glory of that Name raised up?
Preacher: Which Lord is most worthy of it, Seeker? I know that you were waiting for me to rise to that bait, but I am not going to.
Seeker: “The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over mighty waters.”
Preacher: “The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.”
Seeker: Well, I think it would be a split decision between the Lord Creator and the Lord Redeemer, with the Holy Spirit coming in a close second. The Holy Presence sometimes resembles the Creator in urging and nurturing, creating opportunities. And the Holy Presence sometimes resembles the Redeemer, also nurturing but guiding, directing, and teaching – which the Creator does also. No wonder They are considered by many as differing aspects.
Preacher: “The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.”
Seeker: “He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.”
Preacher: You are correct, Seeker. Either the Creator or Redeemer could be this voice. And considering this was written before Jesus was sent, maybe it was/is both of them. Thing is though, the Spirit of the Lord then was understood a little differently than now. Not that it makes any difference to the Traits and Aspects of the Divine.
Seeker: “The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.” It is, actually, a presentation of a very Old Testament Yahweh and Divine. I was asking the question of which Lord in a very lighthearted way. However I see that passage talks about a very Heavy-Hand Divine.
Preacher: “The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.” It is a loud and booming Lord God we are presented here. The worship and reverence asked for may be more done out of fear and reverence than familiarity and affection.
Seeker: Then maybe my question still stands. Which Lord? Maybe the Trinity presents both firm & unyielding Divine, and a compassionate & gentle Divine. Both should be praised, and are praised. But which Divine is easier to praise? Not forgetting of course the quintessential Divine of guidance & inspiration, the Holy Presence.
Preacher: Glossing over the fact that you are subtly changing the question, it depends on which Divine best aligns with one’s faith beliefs. Jesus Christ had (still has actually) the power to do such things, but His method while on earth was a softer and gentler approach. For many, that is what they need; and so that is Who they should praise.
Seeker: “The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, “Glory!” The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.” And there are those who need a strong and authoritarian God, booming over creation. Is so, that is who they should praise.
Preacher: I like it that within the Trinity each person can found a Divine who meets their spirit and soul’s needs. Within the Trinity there is such diversity of aspects and traits that all could find a home and a place of faith and belief. And as the psalmist confirms, all the Aspects have the same trait that endures from the early days of creation until now. “May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!” (Psalm 29)
Seeker: Shalom & Selah, Preacher. Shalom & Selah!