In Sunday school class, we recently had a discussion that led into talk about the rote, ritualistic prayers or songs we repeat as a part of worshiping God.
Do we realize what we are saying when we sing the Doxology?
Let’s take a look at the words we sing:
In the Doxology we sing: “Praise God, from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures below; praise him above, ye heavenly hosts; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. (1)
“Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;”
We are to give God thanks and commend Him. Several years ago I heard a child of evangelists’ defined praise as “giving God a compliment.” He wants us to remember that ALL blessings come from Him. The physical, spiritual, the relational ones, as well as the financial, come from God.
“Praise Him all creatures below;”
The writer tells us that each of God’s creatures are to praise Him for making us. Psalm 139 tells us that God knew us before we were formed. The birds sing beautiful songs to God almost every morning. Jesus tells us that if we don’t sing out the rocks will. (Luke 19 :37-40, NIV)
“praise him above, ye heavenly hosts;”
These words tell us that even the angels are to revere and worship God. I am always reminded of the seraphs that Isaiah saw in the temple. They were worshiping God.
“praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.”
The one who penned these words reminds us to praise God, who created us, Jesus, who sanctified us from sin, and the Holy Spirit, who sustains us.
As we sang this yesterday morning, I found myself thinking about the words we were singing. It was no longer a chant I sang from memory. I found myself actually giving praise to God.
1. 1. United Methodist hymnal 1969, United Methodist Publishing House, Nashville, Tennessee Number 95.