The Grace Note - August 2014
Praise God from whom all blessings
Praise Him all creatures here below,
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
If you have grown up in church, this text might have a tune that goes through your head. One might refer to this text as the Doxology, meaning “word of glory.” While the actual word doxology does not appear in scriptures, there are many examples of its use throughout the Bible.
A doxology consists of two traits- 1) an attribute of praise, and 2) an expression of the nature of God, and it functions as a conclusion to songs (Exod. 15:18), psalms (Ps. 146:10), and prayers (Matt 6:3).
Most commonly, we have seen doxologies appear in the book of psalms, used to conclude 4 of the 5 psalm divisions. The text “Praise God from whom all blessings flow” appears in our 1991 Baptist Hymnal in 4 separate hymns (Hymns 253, 5, 27, & 449) and is most commonly sung to the tune OLD 100TH, referring to the 100th Psalm, the hymn All People that on Earth Do Dwell (Hymn 5).
This hymn text, Praise God from whom all blessings flow written by Anglican Bishop Thomas Ken, has survived well over 450 years and is still being used weekly in many churches all over the world. This text reminds us of all of the many ways we can give thanks and worship God. This text should remind us of the many ways we can offer thanks for life and the blessings of each day that God gives us. Our remembrance of these blessings should lead us back to worship and praise for all the ways He continues to give us grace for each day.
What ways can you give thanks for the blessings for today? May we never lose sight of the many ways we can give praise to God.
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