Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21, ESV.
For many churchgoers, I imagine the word “doxology” is just the name of a short song often sung when the church partakes of the Lord’s Supper or at the close of the worship service. In reality, the Doxology we sing is an example of doxology. Doxology is a transliteration—where the Greek letters are simply swapped with English letters to make an English word. The Greek word is a compound word meaning “speaking glory” or “praising.” So when we sing, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow...,” we are doxologizing!
Paul is also doxologizing at the end of Ephesians chapter 3 as he declares “to him be the glory.” His doxologizing is not generic, though. He assigns it an object, a choir, and a duration.
Paul’s doxology is glory directed to God who is able. God’s ability is boundless—far beyond the content of our petitions and even our imaginations. God is omnipotent (all-powerful). He is omniscient (all-knowing). He is omnipresent (present everywhere). These characteristics of God make Him practically omnicompetent (always able).
Paul’s doxology is to be joined by a choir of those who have experienced this power at work in their own lives. Paul desires that the church, the body of Christ made up of those God has mightily saved from the dark realm of sin and brought into His light, join him in proclaiming glory to God.
Paul’s doxology is eternal. It is “throughout all generations, forever and ever.” There will never be a reason for the church to cease her praise of God. The redeemed will never tire of it. Even into eternity, as God sits enthroned in the new creation, the people of God will join with all the heavenly creatures in praising their God (Revelation 4-5; 22:1-5).
I am praying that today you will be reminded often and in many ways of the power of God at work in you, power without limits. And I am praying that you will be blessed as you join with the saints of all the ages in praising God. Singing the Doxology is a good place to start:
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.
Written by Thomas Ken (1674)