Words of Praise

If you belong to a liturgical church, you’ve probably heard this word: doxology. Doxology is defined as:

“an expression of praise to God, especially a short hymn sung as part of a Christian worship service.”

It comes from the Greek word, doxa, which means glory, splendor or grandeur, and logos, word or speaking.

The doxology which I am most familiar with was written in 1674 by Thomas Ken, a priest in the Church of England. What a great way to start the day! Feel free to sing as well as listen!

Doxology: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow (with lyrics) – YouTube

For more about the liturgy see

The Laity and Liturgy:

Learning from the Liturgy

Liturgy as Prayer

Thankful for Spiritual Blessings

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3

Our sermon last Sunday was about giving thanks for our spiritual blessings.  When we give thanks, we most often think of how God has provided for our material and emotional needs.  Things like food, shelter, health, family and friends are definitely on our “thank you” list.

But what about spiritual blessings?  Too often we take them for granted, we forget that they are even greater gifts from God.  So take a minute to read the first chapter of Ephesians, giving thanks for each of the spiritual blessings the apostle Paul enumerates.

  1. God chose us before the foundation of the world
  2. God adopted us
  3. God redeemed us through the blood of Christ
  4. God forgives our sins through his grace
  5. God makes His will known to us
  6. God gives us hope
  7. God sends us the Holy Spirit

You might close your thank you devotional time with the doxology, which was written by Thomas Ken, “England’s first hymnist.”

“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.”