I am all about knowing what words really mean… especially when it comes to words Christians use often. Words like glory, amen, hallelujah, faith, sanctification, justification, supplication, propitiation, and so on! Today let’s talk about a wonderful word full and rich with meaning… DOXOLOGY. Many of us have heard this word and have some obscure idea of what it means swirling around in our heads. But let’s know that word’s clear and true meaning. I think you will love its meaning and be so surprised!
The word doxology is a greek word that is made up of the word doxa which means honor or glory and logia which means language or speak. So doxology means “glory speak”. Isn’t that beautiful? Now, what is “glory speak”? This is an easy one… it is talking about and speaking of God’s glory.
What a great honor it is for us to speak about the glory of God! It is why we were made. We are to be God’s “glory bearers” to the world.
Here’s an example of a doxology from the bible…
NOW TO HIM WHO IS ABLE TO DO FAR MORE ABUNDANTLY BEYOND ALL WE CAN ASK OR THINK, ACCORDING TO THE POWER THAT WORKS WITHIN US, TO HIM BE THE GLORY IN THE CHURCH AND IN JESUS CHRIST TO ALL GENERATIONS FOREVER AND EVER, AMEN. Ephesians 3:20-21
These verses are speaking about God’s glory!
Here’s what this beautiful doxology says in today’s language…
Now, to God who has dunamai (Greek word for power, sounds like dynamite) inherent ability and power and has a continual supply of it to do incredible great deeds that no one can ever measure or imagine on behalf of his children (those who trust Jesus for their salvation)…
According to the Holy Spirt that works in us…
To God, be ascribed the totality of His worth and all the greatness of everything He is in all who are disciples and in relationship with Jesus Christ…
For all people at all times forever and ever. So be it because it is the truth!
NOW, THIS IS GLORY SPEAKS!!!
So, when you say a doxology at church or read one in the bible say it with all your heart and speak out about all of God’s fabulous character and unmatched worth! Know what you are saying and what a privilege it is to speak out about what God has done for you and what He means to you!
Amen and amen!
This week’s memorization verse:
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 1:17