Insight Into Worship - What is the Doxology?

Richard Thomas on February 23, 2018

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What we know as the Doxology is actually the last verse of the hymn, Awake, My Soul, And With the Sun, written by Thomas Ken in 1709.  It has been used in worship services ever since as a song of brilliant praise to God.  The Doxology has been used in various ways including as a hymn to open a service and as we often do, to dedicate tithes and offerings to the One who provided them and gave us the opportunity to worship Him through them.

This beautiful hymn is, of course, Trinitarian, exalting Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Also, our great God is exalted for being the source of every single blessing.  The epistle of James teaches this same fact: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights…” (1: 17)  What is often overlooked in the Doxology is the invitation to all the creatures on the earth (praise Him, all creatures here below) to join all the angels in heaven (praise Him above, ye heav’nly host) in praising God.  At that moment in our worship service, we are seeking every living being in the universe to praise God together. And why would we do that?  Because He is worthy!