I’m excited to share my friend Misty with you as she discusses the word doxology for this week’s edition of Word Nerd Wednesday. It’s a great tie-in from our last few weeks with The Lord’s Prayer, discussing how the kingdom, the power, and the glory belong to God forever.
Doxology According to Merriam Webster doxology is usually a liturgical expression of praise to God. It goes on to say, “doxology has referred to an oral expression of praise and glorification since it first appeared in English around 1645.”
The origin of the word doxology comes from the Medieval Latin word, doxologia. The root of which in Greek is doxa meaning glory, splendor, grandeur, and logos meaning word or speaking.
Merely put a doxology is saying or speaking praises of glory!
Doxology in Service
Doxologies come in various forms depending upon the tradition of your particular denomination or faith. We attended a church where every Sunday we sang The Doxology, also known as the Common Doxology at the close of every service. In unison, we would lift our acapella voices in praise to the LORD singing The Doxology. The Doxology or The Common Doxology written by Thomas Ken in 1674 who was a priest in the church of England is sung in many Protestant traditions.
If you are not familiar with it, here are the words. Praise God from whom all blessings flow Praise Him all creatures here below Praise HIM above the heavenly host Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost Amen Isn’t that a beautiful song of praise? It reminds me of what heaven will be like one day as we sing praises to our King Jesus!
Where You Won’t Find the Word Doxology
While the word doxology is not found in scripture the principle of praising God is found all over the Bible. Let’s further examine this particular doxology to show you what I mean. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. We see this at the beginning of James 1:17 (ESV) –
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.”
Praise Him all creatures here below. Psalm 150:6 (ESV) – “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”
Praise HIM above the heavenly host. (Hebrews 1)
You may have said another famous doxology without even realizing that it is considered a doxology.Have you said a famous doxology without realizing it was considered a doxology? #doxology @mistyphillip #wordnerdwednesday Click To Tweet
Doxology of The Lord’s Prayer & Beyond
The words that often follow the Lord’s prayer are deemed to be a doxology. “For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.”
We find what is considered a doxology in scripture at the conclusion of the New Testament book of Jude verses 24 and 25. “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you unblemished in His glorious presence, with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all time, and now, and for all eternity.”
Another example is the Gloria in Excelsis Deo known as “the Greater doxology” glory be to God on high and the Gloria Patri known as the “Lesser Doxology” which is a short praise to the trinity both are sung by Catholics, Orthodox, and many Protestant traditions as well.
Each of these doxologies is a spiritual song of praise meant to bring glory to the Lord!Each of these doxologies is a spiritual song of praise meant to bring glory to the Lord! #doxology #wordnerdwednesday @mistyphillip Click To Tweet
Misty Phillip is a Christian author, blogger and speaker who encourages women to live with vulnerability and passion for seeking Jesus, studying His word, and growing in grace at MistyPhillip.com
Misty’s writing has been featured on several blogs, and is a regular contributor for A Wife Like Me, and the Biblical-Literacy Prayer Points.
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