New Topic – Doxology

Today we begin a study on insights from several doxologies in the Bible. Before the 17th Century, a doxology was often spoken out loud before a congregation by a pastor and then repeated by the congregation line for line. Simply put, a doxology is a hymn or song of praise to God. *

Protestant Doxologies

In Protestant traditions, The Doxology or The Common Doxology, is normally sung as a hymn. The following doxology, written by Thomas Ken in 1674 ** is still sung in churches today.

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.

Catholic Doxologies

In Catholicism, doxology is a liturgical formula (or hymn) to give glory to God.

  • The Gloria in Excelsis (an expansion of Luke 2:14) is sometimes called the Greater Doxology.
  • The Gloria Patri (Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, world without end, Amen). It is often called the Lesser Doxology.

Wonderfully, three types of prayer are used, vocal, meditative and contemplative. Here, the focus reflects on Jesus’ life as the words of the church’s basic prayers are repeated.

My focus will be on Scriptures. We’ll find several doxologies in the Old and New Testaments. Simply put, a doxology is a hymn or song of praise to God.

Prayer: Father, every living creature on earth yearns to praise you. With heartfelt thanks, I too praise you.

* Webster’s’ New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, Michael Agnes and David B. Guralnik, 2001, IGD Books Worldwide, Inc., p 431.

** Thomas Ken, britanica.com,17th-century Anglican bishop and hymn writer.

Do All Things In Christ

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Part 2 of a series from Colossians 3.

Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ – that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective (Colossians 3:2, 15-17 The Message).

The Message: Colossians 3:2, 15-17.
In Your Bible: Colossians 3:2, 15-17.

Paul tells the church in Colossae, believers must make an effort to see life from God’s perspective. To gain peace of mind and peace with God – live in Christ.

Harmony

How do we live in harmony with one another? Paul states it should be easy, “Let the Word of Christ – the Message – have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense” (Colossians 3:16 The Message). We know from our lives, it’s not that easy, but we must keep working at it.

Praise

Be vocal in your praise to the Father. ..sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives – words, actions, whatever – be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way (Colossians 3:17 The Message).

It’s plain and simple. Sing praises to the Father for all he is doing in your life – even if you don’t see it! That’s good advice to live by. It will demonstrate your joy to the world.

Prayer: Father, I need to grasp the simplicity of these words. Your words on how to live in harmony – clothed in Christ. By your grace I can do this.

Questions: How do you deal with living in harmony with your family, neighbor, loved ones? Which is harder for you, praising God in tough times or in times of things going well? Why?