I became a true believing Christian at the age of 33. I’m know exactly what I was saved from! I was a whole lot different then. An I would never want to go back… for anything! And because of that I am truly grateful. Deep-into-my-bones grateful. I am in awe of God’s work in my life and just how much better my life is since Jesus became my Lord! Just thinking about it always brings tears to my eyes and praise to my lips. So with that praise on my lips… let’s talk about Doxology!
The word Doxology is probably familiar to you if you are a Christian. It’s one of those words that we kinda know… but do we really understand what a doxology is? And knowing this can really make a difference in the way we walk with the Lord.
Doxology is derived from two Greek words. Doxa which means GLORY and LOGOS which means word, or to say. Doxology means GLORY SPEAKS! In other words, speaking about God. Isn’t that beautiful! Now to go a little deeper, it is the glory of God we are speaking!
How do I know this?
I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols. Isaiah 42:8
God is the only One worth Glory! The bible is full of verses that speak of God’s glory.
Now that we know that Doxology means GLORY SPEAKS we need to be sure we know what GLORY means. I love this word! Glory is the Hebrew word that carries with it the idea of weight! It’s the idea that if we could measure or weigh all that God is that would be His Glory. His glory is unmeasurable, unfathomable. But it’s important to speak of God’s glory!
We see Doxologies all through the scripture. I particularly love Paul’s God inspired writings.
Often times when Paul is relaying a message of great spiritual importance or a thought about the goodness of God and salvation he breaks out in a doxology. As if he can’t contain himself! He just has to give thanksgiving and praise and GOD SPEAK!
I’m studying Romans right now and there is one particular doxology I love!
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?
For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen. Romans 11: 33-36
It’s almost like Paul stopped midstream in his inspired thought in Romans 11 and just had to break out in a declaration of the weight of God’s blessings to all humanity! It’s was a compulsion… a beautiful compulsion! Just like the word of God says…
“From the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45
Paul’s heart was overflowing with the knowledge of God’s glory and it came right out of his mouth!!!
Doxology is all about Thanksgiving! It’s about seeing, perceiving, hearing and sensing God’s character in us and around us and speaking of it! It’s about not holding back the truth of how God deals with us. It’s about giving God’s character, all that He, voice!
It can be personal or shared.
George Herbert, a 14th century poet, orator and priest wrote:
“Thou that has given so much to me give me one more thing, a grateful heart. Not grateful when it pleases me, as if Thy blessings had some spare days. But such a heart who’s heart may be Thy praise. And that is it. A heart that beats, and with every beat there is a response of praise.”
Doxology should not be thought of as some big formal thing saved only for church. Doxology should be the way we speak of God every day… with every heartbeat!
Let’s join with all of heaven in their ongoing doxology! And let’s not forget to “God speak” about the one thing the angels have not experienced… SALVATION. That is our song… our unique experience. We are the only ones in all creation that can give this doxology from a personal and intimate perspective.
Today, speak out your own doxology to the Lord!
Oh, Lord I am overcome when I think of the cost of my salvation. That Jesus’ precious blood was spilled on my behalf so you could take me, the gravest of sinners, and turn me into a saint. Thank you Lord that you came after me like a loving father going after a wayward child. I praise you for collecting me up into your eternal arms and holding me safe. Thanks you for your mercy, goodness, grace and ongoing love! May you be lifted up! Amen!