Philippians 4:20 (NIV)
To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
The church I grew up in ended every service with the singing of the doxology: “Praise God from whom all blessings flow…., Praise Father, Son & Holy Ghost. World without end. Amen!
I have to admit that it did not mean much to me back in those days, however, the repetition certainly deposited those truths in my head for all my life. Doxology is praising God for who he is. It is giving God the glory that is due him for his radiant holiness. In thanksgiving we offer up gratitude for something we have received. But in doxology we honor the very being of God. We exalt and praise the Lord simply because he is God.
The word doxology comes from Greek and literally means “glory word.” We see God’s glory, and we speak a word of wonder as we send that glory of God heavenward.
Doxologies flow from Paul quite often in his New Testament letters—and usually near the end, as we find here in Philippians 4. Doxologies of many kinds should regularly flow from our hearts and lips too. Our glorious God is worthy of all the glory we can bring back to him.
All praise and glory belong to you, Father, Son & Holy Spirit. You are holy, pure, righteous, and we have the great joy of resting in your great beauty. YOU are Worthy! Amen.