Doxology means to praise, usually through hymn or liturgy. The form of doxology we are most familiar with is The Doxology that we sing or recite sometimes during the church service.
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
This was one of the first things I memorized in church. We sang it during every worship service after the offering was collected. I never really thought a lot about its meaning until much later in life, but I recited or sang it faithfully every week and it has stuck with me.
The Doxology has always been a reminder to me of the need to praise God and share testimony about the work of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life. For a long time, I assumed the only place to do that was in the context of the worship service. However, the more I read and studied the Bible, the more I realized that I needed to praise God and give testimony to His goodness and His work as part of a worshiping lifestyle. Worship should take place in our everyday lives as should doxology.
We need to cultivate a heart of gratitude. Thanksgiving and praise should then flow from us naturally as part of our everyday lives. God is good to us. He blesses us and shows us grace and mercy every day. He shows us unfailing love moment to moment. He is quick to forgive when we confess our sins. The list of His goodness goes on and on. The more attentive we are to seeing those things, the more our hearts should be inclined toward gratitude. As our hearts are shaped in that manner, then praise should pour out from us. I call that living in doxology. Living in doxology means that we recognize God for who He is and the works that he does. From there, our hearts are inclined toward gratitude and we develop a lifestyle of praise, adoration, and testimony that goes beyond the Sunday worship service into our homes, workplaces, neighborhoods, and everywhere else we go.
Here are some verses for your contemplation with the bold emphasis from me:
Ephesians 5: 18-20 “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Chronicles 16:8 “Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.”
Hebrews 13:15 “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.”
Questions for Reflection;
- Are you regularly attentive to the goodness of God and the blessings He pours out on us?
- Do you take time to thank him for answered prayer, an unexpected blessing, or his provision?
- Are you intentionally sharing that with others inside and outside of the church?
- If you aren’t sharing, what is the obstacle for you?