Reflections: June 9, 2020
Tuesday of Trinity
By Alexander Lange
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! (Romans 11:33)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Paul includes a great deal of theology in his letter to the Romans. He talks a lot about God. He talks about how God will judge mankind, but acquit those sinners who believe in Jesus, for Jesus was condemned in their place. He talks about Baptism, the Law, and the work of the Spirit. He talks about how God is grafting Gentiles into Israel, creating a single family consisting of every tribe and nation.
After contemplating all this theology, Paul breaks into doxology—praise of God. After considering the Gospel for 11 chapters, Paul marvels at a plan to save mankind that no one could have guessed.
This is how Christians worship the Trinity. First, we contemplate the works of the Trinity, especially how the Father sent His Son to die for us, so that the Spirit can give us eternal life. We listen to the Gospel and receive the free blessing of God. Contemplating the Gospel will produce peace, joy, and confidence. Faith responds to God’s work with prayers, praise, and thanksgiving.
The introduction to the Lutheran Service Book captures this balance well: "Our Lord serves us today through His holy Word and Sacraments. Through these means, He comes among us to deliver His forgiveness and salvation…The Lord's service calls forth our service—in sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving to Him and in loving service to one another" (LSB p. viii).
Attend the Divine Service. Hear what the Trinity has done for you. Marvel at the grace of God and rejoice in your salvation. Praise the Lord, for "from him and through him and to him are all things" (Romans 11:36). In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Alleluia! Let praises ring! Unto our triune God we sing; Blest be His name forever! With angel hosts let us adore And sing His praises evermore For all His grace and favor! Singing, ringing: "Holy, holy, God is holy; Spread the story Of our God, the Lord of glory!" ("Alleluia! Let Praises Ring" LSB 822, st. 4)
— Rev. Alexander Lange is pastor of Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Albany, Oregon.
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