This beautiful doxology is a familiar song of praise sung in churches crossing denominations and languages and cultures and nations around the world. But most of us know little about these beautiful verses that are so familiar to us today. I’m sharing a printable suitable for framing up to an 8 x 10 print. Hoping that you will print it out and sing it out as well! But first, let’s look at where we got this treasured doxology that is a part of so many of our lives.
The doxology was first printed in England in 1709 in A Manual Of Prayers For The Use Of Scholars Of Winchester College. It was written by Anglican Bishop Thomas Ken. Ken served as spiritual leaders to English royalty and was the bishop of Bath and Wells in England. For most of his adult life, Bishop Ken was affiliated with Winchester College and Cathedral.
This doxology was first charged by Ken to be read by the students of Winchester College as their morning and evening hymn “in your chambers devoutly”. Thanks be to God that this hymn did not stay in the private chambers of Winchester College. The printed doxology is the last stanza of the fourteen stanza hymn.
It is a beloved part of our Christian heritage and maybe we should all take to heart the instructions of Bishop Ken to his charges and sing this morning and evening devoutly!
You can find a free printable of this beautiful doxology HERE.
This week’s Scripture Memorization Verse:
It’s good to give thanks to the LORD and sing praises to your name, O Most High. To declare Your loving kindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness by night. Psalm 92:1 and 2