Last Sunday night, our Worship Ministry presented Doxology – an evening of praise and celebration. Doxology is an English word that is comprised of two Greek words: doxa – glory and logia – a saying. Thus, a doxology is a short saying or declaration of God’s glory. It has historically been associated with short hymns or prose of praise.
The evening began with an orchestral presentation of Agnus Dei. Our Associate Pastor of Music and Worship, Allen Lowe, then led us through a journey of praise and celebration. Included in the body of the service were three powerful testimonies captured on video. In case you missed it, you can access the service here.
As I listened to the music, participated in singing and reflected on the testimonies, I was deeply moved. In fact, at times I was overwhelmed by my sense of God’s presence in the room. It was indeed a powerful and memorable night.
I shared a few words in the service based on Hebrews 13:15: “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.”
As I reflected on the testimonies from Merlinda, Grace and Robert—this verse just spoke powerfully to me. It is easy to give praise to God when all is well. However, when our circumstances change and we are dealing with multiple challenges that threaten our well-being—then, it is a true sacrifice to praise God. Those are meaningful and significant experiences.
I want to believe that I can praise God just as well when things are hard as I can when things are great in my life. But, I have learned that it takes discipline and resolve to do it. When it is a true sacrifice to praise God, it just moves us to a deeper level in our walk with Him.
We concluded the service Sunday night by standing and singing O Praise the Name by Dan Galbraith and Jared Haschke. It was one of the most moving and powerful experiences I’ve had in years. Wow. I was just so moved by God’s presence in our lives that night.
I’m praying for you as you continue to learn to praise God! Let’s learn together to offer Him a sacrifice of praise!