Worship is the specific act of ascribing to God the glory, majesty, honor, and worthiness which are His. – Jerry Bridges
One of the cool things about Christian theology is all the awesome-sounding words that we get to use. Take the word doxology. The English suffix, dox, is used to note that we have an opinion about something (in words such as orthodox, heterodox, paradox.) But we also have the Greek noun, doxa, which means "glory."
A doxology is a short hymn of praises to God, often added to the end of psalms, hymns, and other songs of praise. Take, for example, the well-known Doxology, penned in 1674 by Thomas Ken:
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
This doxology is a short song of praise to God. It is God-focused and helps us to meditate on Him. The Bible is filled with doxologies – expressions of worship that help us proclaim the wonder and awesomeness of God. Check out this one from Paul:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen – Ephesians 3:20-21
Words like these express the inner desire of the Holy Spirit within us to bring glory to God. And when we express them from the heart, these ancient doxologies become our own! Our own personal hymns of praise to God that glorify God from a heart full of worship.
Watch for these doxologies in your own Bible reading. Ponder them. Proclaim them as your own. And find your awareness of God's presence in you and around you amplified as you turn your focus towards God and away from yourself and other distractions.
To the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! – Romans 16:27
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