THE POWER OF THE DOXOLOGY
33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and [a] knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”[b]
35 “Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”[c]
36 For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. Romans 11:33-36
Doxology, the definition is an expression of praise to God which comes form the Greek word doxa- meaning glory and logia- meaning saying. So in other words when we come to that part in the worship that speaks of the doxology we are literally to "speak praises" or "glories" to God. What a powerful gift that we have been given by God. In the midst of our worship on most Sundays, we pause in the middle of the service and during the time of our offering we pause and give praise through our voices to God. Many of us recognize these words: "Praise God from whom all blessings in flow, Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts, Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost... AMEN. And now that we understand the meaning of the doxology those words truly have more meaning than when I first learned them as a child reading them out of the bulletin. In our lives, we are to speak glory to God in all circumstances and we are given this ability to do so in our daily doxology to God.
I know that for many of us we don't really think about that moment we have with God on a daily basis. To be honest I have never really stopped in my daily life, until recent times, to see that there are power in those words that are spoken to God. I know that I give God the glory each day of my life, but these words are meant to be an offering of ourselves to the God who created all things and then stopped and created us for a specific plan and purpose. I could never understand why we would always sing these words during the offering and now it all makes sense. It is not just the monetary gift that we are giving back to God, but we are saying God here am I for you to use in any way possible. God here am I giving you all of
the praise that you blessed me with another week to give you glory. And I know that many of us are saying, wait... so we are to give God this time of praise and glory EVERY day of our lives. Simply...YES. We are to sing a doxology to God for every day that we are given as a gift to make a difference in this world. For many of us we take this time for granted and we wake each day just thinking that we deserve this day instead of coming before God in humility for the offering of another day we have been blessed to live. We look back and realize that some days are really tough and some are really days that we really don't want to remember, but even in those moments we pause and sing a doxology to God because of HIS great love for us to walk with us in every situation.
As Paul is speaking to the Romans, he is helping us to see the transformative power of God in our lives. He is helping the Romans then and us today to realize this journey that we are on is one that is difficult but worth every scar. Paul is encouraging us to really dig deep into the power of God's story and to realize that God has the wisdom and the knowledge that we need to fully see the story that we are living every day. We cannot fully understand God in our current state of mind, but the more we dig and the closer we grow to God, more and more is revealed because we begin changing our focus from not being on us but on God. And the more we look to God, we are able to take hold of the glory that is being revealed. The story of how each day is a blessing to live and how we wake up again today with a clean slate to begin the day to change the world. It does not mean that we don't carry the baggage from the previous days, but it means that God is ready to provide for us the freedom that we need to endure the struggle. We cannot understand why God chose us to wake up today... Many times we don't recognize the precious time that we have is a gift and is meant to return the glory back to God. That is where many generations that went before us continued to fail. They continued to look internally and not see the bigger picture that God was painting with the precious lives that endured the pain and the judgement of the world. It was for God's Glory!
So when are we going to change the way that we look at the day. How long will we continue to live this life thinking that it is really about us? I know that is what the world has truly taught us, but the real reality is that is ALL ABOUT GOD. The power of the doxology is our surrender to profess that God deserves it all! It is the understanding that we have been given a small amount of time in this world to help lead others to God. Our positions, where we live, where we go to school or work, is all a blessing from God to provide a path to help others to give God GLORY! There is no debate... there is no rethinking... it is all about
JESUS. It is all about God allowing us to be a part of HIS plan. I know that may seem odd, but we are really a part of God's DOXOLOGY. We are the part of the power of the WORD of God to help others see just how thankful we should be for the gift of the blood of Christ that was shed on the cross that we may live life and live it more abundantly. We must take time to give back to God who gives us so much. I know that is going to stretch us even more but is that not what this life is about... It is about the ability to be used by God to be stretched into a giving God the glory. It is not about my name being lifted up or praised, but through my life it should be a living moment that my voice should praise God. THERE IS POWER and that power is in the name of Jesus. Take time and listen to this example of a living doxology that we should lift to GOD every day of our lives. May God be given the GLORY...AMEN!