When my family attended church for the first eight years of my life, we would go to the Presbyterian Church where my grandfather served as an elder. At some point in each service I remember standing up and repeating the words to the Doxology, but never, until of late, have I read the words, comprehended the meaning, and learned the story behind the song.
The following excerpt is taken from singwithunderstanding.com
The hymn we call “The Doxology” was written by an Anglican bishop, Thomas Ken (1637-1711). Ken wrote these four lines as a final stanza for three hymns to be sung by the boys of Winchester College, published as A Manual of Prayers for the Use of the Scholars of Winchester College (1695 edition). He was serving as a chaplain at Winchester College when he wrote these hymns. Ken’s Doxology has been said to have done more to teach the doctrine of the Trinity than all the theological books ever written.
Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun
Awake, my soul, and with the sun Thy daily stage of duty run; Shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise, To pay thy morning sacrifice.
Lord, I my vows to thee renew; Disperse my sins as morning dew; Guard my first springs of thought and will, And with thyself my spirit fill.
Direct, control, suggest, this day,
All I design, or do, or say;
That all my powers, with all their might, In thy sole glory may unite.
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.
All Praise to Thee, My God this Night
All praise to thee, my God, this night, For all the blessings of the light: Keep me, O keep me King of kings, Beneath thine own almighty wings.
Forgive me, Lord, for thy dear Son, the ill that I this day have done; that with the world, myself and thee, I, ere I sleep, at peace my be.
O may my soul on thee repose,
And with sweet sleep mine eyelids close; sleep that shall me more vigorous make to serve my God when I awake.
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.
The three hymns were meant to be sung in the morning, afternoon, and evening. As a child I would sing the words like a memorized nursery rhyme without realizing the impact of the prayer. Today, would encourage you to revisit The Doxology and meditate on the meaning.
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Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.