Day 6

The Doxology

from the Hymns II reading plan


Psalm 150, Matthew 6:9-13, Philippians 4:4, 1 Peter 1:3-5

BY Ellie Holcomb

There is such beauty in singing His praises—not just in church, but in our dirty kitchens, with breaking hearts, in the middle of our unmet longings, or at the end of our weary days. Praise turns our hearts from ourselves toward the One we were made to adore—toward the One who adores us, to the One who was broken for us, and to the One from whom all blessings flow.

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”
– Psalm 150:6

Over and over in Scripture, there are commands and exhortations to give God praise. Praise rings out all over the Psalms. Paul tells us to “rejoice always” (Phil 4:4). God asks us to praise Him, even when our hearts are heavy. The Lord’s Prayer opens with praise: “Our Father, in heaven, hallowed be Thy name” (Matt 6:19).

There’s a lovely mystery to rejoicing always, to choosing to praise God in every moment. How on earth is that possible? Always?

We have walked through some seriously heartbreaking circumstances with dear friends and family over the past few months. Praising God feels like the opposite of what I want do most of the time, especially in the middle of such sadness. But as I direct my heart back to the Cross and the empty grave, I begin to remember that we do have this Living Hope, even in the middle of the most desperate circumstances.

I don’t know how to rejoice always, but I do know that every time I remember who He is—and how He gave Himself up for us so that we could know wholeness—something shifts in my heart, even when it’s breaking.

So let’s listen to the invitations and encouragement all throughout Scripture today, dear sisters. Let’s raise our voices as creatures here below and let them mingle with the saints that have gone before us and with the heavenly hosts, to give praise to the Author of every blessing and to the One who gives us a Living Hope, even on our darkest days.

 

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THE DOXOLOGY
by Thomas Ken, 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.

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114 thoughts on "The Doxology"

  1. Desiree Hernandez says:

    In the midst of the pandemic of covid-19 I choose to stop the panic in my house and just praise. He choose this time to stop the world to listen to him and praise. His Will will be done!

  2. Maryam says:

    Praise our great Lord for only he is worthy of all our praises thank you God for your love in the most difficult situations. Maryam

  3. Lizzy says:

    praise God- it all comes down to that :)

  4. Deborah Thompson says:

    Just seeing if this works

  5. Trin says:

    Before chapel everyday we sing this song at my college. At first thought it sounds like a great thing, but then once you get used to it everyday it becomes nothing. A crowd of 5,000 and it sounds robotic. Definitely need to think about the words and actually praise Him!

  6. Rachel says:

    I will lift my eyes and voice to praise you Lord! All blessings are from you!

  7. Kayla says:

    Praise the lord in all aspects of your life and he will shower you with blessings. I went to cowboy church tonight and God was revealed to me when the preacher spoke but I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t feel the same way when I was the one who was alone with God and speaking to him. I was upset about it and on the way home I turned off my music and talked to God to reveal himself to me and I put on my too Christian tracks playlist on spotify and began to sing along and praise the Lord and Gods presence was revealed to me. I love my father so much and I’m so thankful for his unfailing love.

  8. Amy says:

    I loved this! The doxology was always something that we just sang at church and didn’t mean much to me. Thanks for putting it in perspective!

    1. Phylicia says:

      Agreed! I’ve felt the same way too and now it all makes sense with all the verses pulled together too.

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