A doxology (from the Greek word doxa, meaning glory + logia, meaning declarations or testimonies) is the affirmation of God’s glory by way of all that He is and has done. In other words it is what we commonly refer to as “Worship”.
Traditionally, a doxology is categorized as a hymn that is often sung or recited in Protestant churches, signaling the ending or dismissal of a service. The most common of these is known as “Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow”, written in 1674 by Thomas Ken. To many, “The Doxology” is the comforting summation of our corporate liturgy and to the remainder, a song given new life by more modern groups such as the David Crowder Band.
Presently there are many opinions regarding the definition of worship and our responsibility in it. Men and women have spents countless hours deciphering what it means and how it ought to look. However, I do not believe there is a more accurate exposition than this: Worship is what you do with what God reveals of Himself.
Our worship is an echo, not only in who He is, but also in what He has done, is doing and will do in the future. Worship requires action! – Often but not limited to a response with our mind, such as our belief in God’s worthiness, our emotions, such as love and trust, our deeds and our words. Our heart commonly expresses itself in poetry and song; our mind is active when we desire to comprehend the will of God and our bodies and strength are involved when we obey and when we serve.
What are YOU doing with what you believe?
“One day all Christians will join in a doxology and sing God’s praises with perfection. But even today, individually and corporately, we are not only to sing the doxology, but to BE the doxology.”
- Francis Schaeffer -