The Puritans spoke of the Mercy, Might and Majesty of the Triune-God --- all shrouded in His Mystery. We don't speak of God in those terms much anymore, And from conversations, counseling and most sermons available, it's also obvious we don't "think" in those terms much anymore either. We're all about self-help, self-fulfillment, and self-advancement. We speak of God in terms of the "Great Provider," and that is certainly legitimate. An OT name for God tells us He's our Provider. Another primary name for God tells us He's the "Becoming One" Who becomes whatever it is that we need. But we fall short if we stop there --- because He's so very, much more!
Scripture, the Early Church Fathers, the Reformers, and most men and women used greatly of God had an entirely different focus. They were "Christ-Centered" not "man-centered." They understood "Orthodoxy" (right believing) and "Orthopraxy" (right practices). They lived with an awareness of God that many of us simply have yet to discover. They embraced an understanding of their primary purpose on this earth, "To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever." (Q-1 from the Westminster Confessional).
God's Mercy included all His attributes such as: His goodness: love, grace, long-suffering, etc.
His Might included His Omnipotence (All-Powerful), Omniscience (All-Knowing) and His Omnipresence (Eternal, Universal Presence).
His Majesty was represented by His Splendor, Glory, Greatness and Holiness, etc.
In totality, they were referred to as His Perfections, as God is Perfect in all He is and does..
But as much as God allows us to "know" Him as revealed in Creation, Scripture and the person of Jesus Christ --- He is also Transcendant (other-worldly and beyond knowing). All this shrouds Him in Mystery. But mystery can be a fearful thing, and that may be exactly our problem. We've become too comfortable with our idea of a "safe" and "homogenized" God --- we've lost our reverential fear of God --- and with it our need for spiritual and moral holiness, courage and power.
The Puritans, and many who came before them, were willing to pay any price to live for and die for Christ! That's a far ways from the average mindset in many of us today. And sadly, it reflects on our priorities and life-styles.
I pray before it's too late, that we begin praying for God's Glory and personal revival while seeking the God of the Scriptures.
And, if speaking of God's Mercy, Might and Majesty seems a little too archaic for us --- how about speaking of God's Sovereign Wisdom, Power and Goodness.
Let me recommend a book. to start us all on our journey, "The Knowledge of the Holy," by A.W. Tozer. It might just be what the doctor ordered to help us rediscover a knowledge of God lost.
In His Holy Love ~ Pastor Bob
Pastor Bob Morgan is the founding pastor of HCCF. His pastor's "heart-cry" is to see God glorified through the liberating power of the Gospel by leading people to freedom in Christ, and positive, biblical life-change.