The word doxology isn't found in the bible, but doxologies are found throughout. It is a short, spontaneous phrase, attributing praise to God. The word comes from combining the Greek word (doxa) meaning glory and the word (logia) meaning saying. Doxology means "glory saying' or "word of glory."
A doxology appears frequently as a conclusion to prayer or a hymn. A doxology is often sung at the conclusion of a church service. The apostle Paul uses a doxology in the conclusion of many of his letters to the churches and often in the content of the letter.
Paul was so in love with his God and Savior, he couldn't help giving him praise and glory, even while he was imprisoned or suffering. In Philippians, Paul thanks the church at Philipi, for the gifts they have supplied but, in the thanks, he gives God the glory for their obedience and generosity. He then assures them that God will take care of all of their needs. Then, Paul bursts forth with a doxology giving all glory to God. (Philippians 4:20)
Paul couldn't help but praise his God and Father. God's abundant grace was always the beginning and end of all of his writings. When I write a letter, I may conclude it with a wish for good health or good fortune. A doxology is not a wish. It is an affirmation of God's care. What would happen if I finished each letter, or email, or conversation, with giving glory to the one who deserves it?
Paul used beautiful and sometimes complicated language in his doxologies. We don't have to do that. Why not say,
- I'm thanking God, who is doing good things in you.
- Give that praise to God. Everything that we have comes from him. Everything that happens comes through him. Thank God the Father and Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
- All glory belongs to our God and Father, forever and ever.
- Thank Jesus Christ, who died for me and for you, to save us from evil.(addiction)(hopelessness) (bitterness) (loneliness)
- Praise God, the giver of good things and who has saved me from spiritual death, and from living a useless life.
- Romans 11:36 and 16:25-27
- Ephesians 3:20-21
- 1 Timothy 1:17
- 2 Timothy 4:18
- Hebrews 13:21b
- 1 Peter 4:11 and 5:11
- 2 Peter 3:18
- Jude 25
- Revelation 1:5b-6, 4:11, 5:13, 7:12
I thank our God, the provider of abundant grace.
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