“Oh, 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 him? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.” – Romans 11:33-36
This section in Romans 11 is called a “Doxology.” Words of (ology) glory (doxa). They are words that give glory to God. Praise and honor to God. We at times will sing a song with the same title: Doxology – “Praise God from whom all blessings flow….”
As the Apostle is writing the letter, considering the wonderful plan of God revealed in the Gospel of Christ, he pauses to give glory to the Father. His words become poetic. And He sings a song of praise to the Lord for the wondrous things He has done.
You have to be feeling pretty good about life to all of the sudden start singing. Don’t you? Tiersa’s grandpa, Leon Bowen, whistled when he was in a good mood. He would whistle church hymns. Just thinking about him whistling brings a smile to my face.
I look forward to the holidays every year. Maybe you do too. Food. Family. Friends. Coffee. Lots of coffee! Even among the busyness of the season, there’s plenty of time to relax and enjoy. Tiersa and I will make the rounds. We’ll catch up with extended family. Sit down face to face with friends we only “see” the rest of the year on Facebook or talk to on the phone. I love the holidays!
However for many, the holidays can be extremely difficult. Painful even. Strained family relationships. Trying to please everyone (which is an impossibility). Balancing time with others so that no one gets their feelings hurt. Financial stresses. Loneliness. Missing loved ones who have passed on.
My hope is that we would be very aware of how we might minister to those who are struggling in any way, especially at this time of year. And if we find ourselves struggling, that we would turn to God. That we would allow our Father to minister to us. And that we would praise Him from whom all blessings flow….
Glory to God!