I’ve always liked impressionism. I think one reason is that this art genre seems to express the heart more than the head.
And I think theology should be understood that way. From the heart not the head.
Theology should undertaken like an art form.
Someone once said that the Universe was created to the rhythm of the waltz.
I think this is true.
Because all of creation spins and flows to the graceful rhythms of this Divine dance between the Father, Son and Spirit that has been going on from eternity.
Can you sense this rhythm of His love, beloved? Can you hear Him singing over you? Can you feel the Father moving with you, holding you, as you dance this dance with Him?
If I were to ask to you to point to yourself, where would you point?
(point to yourself right now).
Let me ask you this…why didn’t you point to your head?
We don’t point to our head because who we are comes from the heart. Everything flows from God through our heart.
It’s from the heart that we believe (Rom.10:9).
There is a difference between agreeing and believing. They are not the same. This is the trouble most have with faith. For they agree that what God says is true–they will even quote it and say amen–but they don’t actually believe it.
Why is this so?
Because our heart is what believes. Our head can only agree.
Faith does not come from the head but from the heart.
It’s tragically sad that we try to figure out God with our tiny little brain so that we can categorize Him and put Him in our tiny little theological boxes.
For God is not someone to be studied as much as He is to be admired, adored, and embraced with reckless abandon.
He is to be pondered while lying in the grass under a starry summer night, with childlike fascination and wild-eyed wonder.
For He is the ultimate artist and the Universe is His canvas–it is He who lavishly paints endlessly diverse sunsets, and who the poets of Scripture tell us spreads out the galaxies like a tapestry before us.
Yet His thoughts toward you number the sand (Psalm 139:17-18).
Just how many grains of sand are there?
That’s how much God thinks about you.
For to know God is to know love.
No, you cannot study God to know Him, you must open your heart to Him–let Him love you and return that love back to Him in the rhythm of His heavenly song.
And you must learn how to dance.
For He believes that if we don’t approach life like a lover, we have nothing at all, no matter how much we know about Scripture, how much faith we have, or how many good works we do (1 Cor.13:1-3).
Do you understand this?
You are His beloved, and He is your Beloved. And you were meant to live out this mutual affection in His garden.
“Awake, O north wind,
And come, O south!
Blow upon my garden,
That its spices may flow out.
Let my beloved come to his garden
And eat its pleasant fruits.” (Songs 4:16 NKJV)
God is a creator, not a scientist.
Everything about Him flows like perfect poetry.
And you are His masterpiece painted from heaven for glory!
“For we are God’s masterpiece.
He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Eph.2:10 NLT)
So when we read Scripture, let us ponder it with the heartbeat of heaven, to the rhythms that flow from His heart to ours.
Let our theology become love-drenched worship, intimate adoration, rather than from a distance with stainless steel reason and speculation.
Beloved, I would like you to take about seven minutes of your busy life right now, close your eyes, and just soak in the rhythms of God. I’ve included a music video clip that will help you do that.
And I hope you will see that theology should be art. Amen.
“Dance with Me” Brian Longridge
Video by Nilla Nordvall