Do You Know What Doxology Means?

Doxology is a word we should know. Many of us sing and say and read doxologies but do we really know what it means? Here’s a beautiful explanation of this amazing word!

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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.  

What Does It Mean

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, splendor, majesty, and 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.

An Example of Doxology In The Church

In the Christian church corporate praise of God is common. But there is nothing common about the God we praise. A doxology is a prayer or a song said or sung together as a way of giving thanks to God or telling Him how much we love Him.

Here is an example of a doxology sung in unison in a church service…

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow; Praise Him all creatures here below; Praise Him above ye heav’nly hosts; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

This doxology was written in 1674 in England. And remains a beloved hymn sung in churches today.

Doxology In The Bible

The Bible is filled with doxologies! We see examples of beautiful “glory speak” from Genesis to Revelation.

Here’s an example of a doxology from the bible…

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort. 2 Cor 1:3

Now that’s “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 characteristics 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!

Here’s another doxology to ponder this week…

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 1 Tim 1:17

What I’m memorizing this week…

Now may the Lord of peace give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thes 3:16

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  1. I’ve always loved singing the Doxology, in church. I will enjoy it even more now, after your beautiful explanation. Thank you and God’s best blessing, to you, this week.

  2. So wonderful. Thank you Yvonne. I always look forward to your God filled posts. They are grounded and reassuring.
    Have a blessed week.

  3. Yvonne, I have sung the above doxology in every church I have ever attended. How glorious to know it has existed since 1674! Praising God is eternal. How do you look up the original meanings of these words. It adds so much more to understanding God’s word!