“Praise the Father; praise the Son; praise the Spirit, three in one.”
A simple statement with unbelievable implications. This phrase states that God is three persons in one essence; the Father, Son, and Spirit are all completely God and completely worthy of being praised and adored.
The Trinity, our God, is a reality that is impossible to fully comprehend, but one that makes our salvation possible. All three persons of the Trinity were, and are, intimately involved in our creation, salvation, sanctification, and glorification. This song brings us from the darkness of the fall into the mission of the Church, guided by the Holy Spirit.
Throughout the Old Testament, God had been revealed through His creation and through His speaking to the prophets. God had been working behind the scenes from the creation of the world and the fall of mankind to “reconcile the lost [and] to redeem the whole creation.” The God of creation stepped into His creation, experienced the harshness and the brokenness of creation, suffered, died, shook creation, rose to life, ascended to the Father, and sent the Spirit to be the power in our lives. All of this is pictured in this simple song.
Singing praise to the Father, Son, and Spirit is the central part of the Christian faith. God as three-in-one is the central reason we have to sing. If any one of the three were not fully God we would not have salvation, we would not have the hope we have, we would not have a reason to be together. Jesus and the Spirit being one with the Father is a non-negotiable Christian belief. Yes, it is confusing and hard to understand, but thank God that He gives us the faith to comprehend enough to praise Him as He is – three-in-one.
Being beyond our understanding, the Triune God is worthy of all acts of praise, worship, and trust.