In the middle of his deeply theological letter to the Christians in Rome, Paul cannot contain himself. Bursting onto the pages of Scripture is his doxology—his glorious sayings regarding God. This is not the first time Paul has broken the ordinary rhythm of his letters to stop and praise the Lord—evidence that Paul’s life continually overflowed with praises to God.
In today’s reading, Paul begins this doxology by praising God’s infinite wisdom, knowledge, and ways. He is determined to have a proper perspective of God so he can accurately praise Him. Paul continues by quoting a series of rhetorical questions from Isaiah 40:13 (v. 34) and Job 41:11 (v. 35) that leave the reader utterly speechless when facing the God of creation. Of course, no one has known the mind of the Lord, nor would God ever require counsel. Paul reminds us of the roles and relationships between the Creator and the created. His final question may cause those in the heavenly realms to chuckle: “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” (v. 35). Once again, the answer is no one.
Paul concludes his glorious praise the same way he began—making sure he has a proper perspective of the One who deserves all the glory and praise.
When we understand who God is and what He has done, praises to Him will increasingly overflow from our lives. As we begin this Thanksgiving week, it’s important to remember that our perspective precedes our praise. It’s important for us to break the rhythm of our daily lives and journey together through Scripture to discover more of who God is and why He deserves our utmost praise. Remember, your story is for His glory. Praise Him from whom all blessings flow!
In 1674, Thomas Ken wrote the words of this well-known doxology for his students to sing every morning and evening. Take a moment to praise God aloud with these words:
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow
Praise Him, all creatures here below
Praise Him, above the heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost