Elizabeth R. Charles, 1828-1896

I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
Psalm 138:2

Saints and angels join in praise to Thee, the Father, Spirit, Son--
Evermore their voices raising to th' Eternal Three in One.
~J. Montgomery~

The SonDay after Pentecost SonDay is the time when many churches recognize the doctrine of the Trinity, existence of the triune Godhead. This doctrine has been called one of the mystic truths of Scripture because of the difficulty in fathoming and explaining it. Yet it cannot be denied that the Bible does teach that while God is One God, He exists in three co-equal entities--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Scripture ascribes each member with such attributes as eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and Creator of the universe. Although the term "trinity" is not used in the Bible, there are several passages in which all three Persons are expressly mentioned together: The baptism of Jesus (John 1), the great commission (Matthew 28:19), and the apostolic blessing (II Corinthians 13:13).

The best of human analogies for explaining the Trinity, such as ice, water, and steam being three distinct forms of the same element, always falls short. (JMS -- My personal favorite illustration is, since we are created in His image, the body is much like Jesus, God incarnate, Emmanuel: "God with us". The mind is much like the Father, the one in control, the planner. The spirit or soul is much like the Holy Spirit of God--unseen, yet able to control from within. And much like I as one person have a body, mind, and soul, Jehovah as one Person exists in the form of Jesus Christ, the Father, and the Holy Spirit of God). Still, in the final analysis, we must simply accept this truth with childlike faith and offer our worship and praise to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

This hymn text by Elizabeth Charles, one of England's gifted women of her day--author, poet, translator of German texts, musician, & painter--, is one of our finest Godhead hymns. The hymn does not present any complicated arguments. It simply directs a childlike praise to each member of the trinity for His loving care and concern for us. This we can understand.

Praise ye the Father for His lovingkindness;
Tenderly cares He for His erring children;
Praise Him, ye angels, praise Him in the heavens,
Praise ye Jehovah!

Praise ye the Saviorógreat is His compassion;
Graciously cares He for His blood-bought Bride;
Young men and maidens, older folks and children,
Praise ye the Savior!

Praise ye the Spirit, Comforter, empow'ring,
Sent of the Father and the Son to bless us;
Praise ye the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Praise ye the Triune God!

*For Today*: Psalm 139:7; Romans 8:9, 16:26; I John 5:7 & 8; Jude 20; Revelation 1:4 & 5

Though it is difficult to do, try explaining the meaning of the Trinity to some close Christian friend or member of your family.

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

*Some changes made to the lyrics in order to make the theology Biblically correct.

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