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A Doxology

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more that all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in all the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen" (Eph. 2:20-21).

In 1674, Thomas Ken wrote the words to a song entitled, Awake, My Soul and with the Sun. Many churches use the last verse of the song as a short hymn within itself and it is called The Doxology.

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.

Doxologies are described as short hymns sung as expressions of praise to God, in worship services. The apostle Paul uses them often in his writings and I would like to point out a few of them during the week. They are literally, words of glory. I find it fascinating that today's verses are found at the end of the third chapter of Ephesians, about in the middle of the letter. He starts a prayer in verse fourteen and ends it with this short burst of praise for God. The more that we read these two verses, the more powerful they become. It is an outpouring of praise and gratitude for what God has done, is doing and will do for His people. Awesome!

The first part of the doxology describes our God as having the power to work in our lives beyond what we can even ask or imagine. No matter what we ask or might think, God can do much more. It should supply us with an added incentive to pray often in supplication and thanksgiving, knowing that we have a wondrous God. We are the "showcase" of God's wisdom, and we manifest that wisdom when we bring glory and honor to Him through the message we proclaim. We proclaim that message in our worship to Him. We also manifest it in our daily walk, as we attempt to live a Christ-like life. It might not be a bad idea to add a doxology to our prayers, making sure that we tell God how great and wonderful that He is...To Him be the glory in all the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! AMEN.

Have a great start to your week. A RAK would begin it well... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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