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Paul’s Doxology In Romans

A doxology is a short statement, prayer, or hymn of praise to God. We are accustomed to “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.” There are also doxologies in Holy Scripture. For example, drawing from Isaiah 40:13 and Job 41:11, Paul wrote one in Romans 11:33-36:

“O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them? For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.”

Paul’s doxology is an acknowledgment of God’s sovereignty. His prayer of praise is not connected to an event. It’s not limited by what’s happening in the world. It is an overwhelming, universal pronouncement of praise that is accompanied by a litany of what makes such praise appropriate.

I sometimes think that we read passages like this without thinking in terms of turning them into prayers for ourselves–either prayers that we pray when we are alone or prayers we pray in public worship. So, consider praying Paul’s doxology in Romans when you need uplifting at home, work, wherever.

Also, consider praying Paul’s doxology in public worship. It’s likely to cause our brothers and sisters to sit up straight or kneel down low. It is a prayer calling us to realize that we are truly in the presence of God.

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