The Holy Spirit in Worship (part 8)
This section is last and shortest, not because there is the least to say about it, but because it should be sufficient to merely point out that worship has real content. In the service, we use words which define our understanding of God: the trinity, his character, what he has done for us. These words, in turn, are bounded by scripture, which has been breathed by God (2 Tim 3:16). The role of the Spirit in the creation of scripture must be understood as something more than a “Postulate of Pure Practical Reason.” The work of Holy Spirit is always described in scripture as something that is immediately discernable, not something that is inferred after the fact. “Men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). There would be no talk of a Holy Spirit, if people hadn’t had discernible experiences with him. In the same way, the existence of scripture itself is proof that experiences with the Spirit can be reduced to cognitive knowledge. As a result, reflecting on the worship experience, as I have been doing here, is itself also worship.