Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 6:1-81 / Romans 11:33-12:21 / Psalm 89:30-37
A doxology is a short hymn of praise to God sung at the end of a service. Doxologies were commonly sung in Jewish Synagogues. A popular doxology known today was written almost 340 years ago in 1674… “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.”
The Apostle Paul pens a doxology here in Romans 11:33-36. “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.”
What an amazing passage of praise and exaltation! Nothing can compare to God’s wisdom and knowledge. He is all knowing and his judgments are just. Man cannot question, debate or contradict His ways. God is not dependent upon man’s wisdom or riches. He needs no counsel or resources. All things flow from Him, and humanity exists because of Him.
Doxologies remind us of the magnificence of God. We are usually so consumed by the events of our lives that the greatness of God is often overlooked, ignored and forgotten. How we daily need to be reminded of God’s omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence! To live in the knowledge of His greatness, gives us hope in the midst of our smallness.
All glory, honor and praise belong to the creator of all things, the redeemer of all things and the transformer of all things. God came down in the form of flesh and the world beheld His glory. One day we will dwell in His heavenly tabernacle and live in His eternal glory! We won’t sing the doxology…we will live the doxology!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!