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Who Wrote the Doxology – And What Do You Really Know About It?

If you’ve spent much time in the church, chances are you have sung “The Doxology.” But how familiar are you with what could be the most widely sung Christian hymn of all time? For example,: who wrote the doxology?

First, What Is a ‘Doxology’?

The lyrics to the song most of us think of when we hear the term “doxology” are as follows:

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.

But while this specific song has come to be known as “The Doxology,” a “doxology” actually has a broader meaning simply as “an expression of praise to God.” By this definition, many passages of the Psalms, could be considered doxologies. Just a few examples would be Psalm 96:6, Psalm 112:1, and Psalm 113:1. In the New Testament, Paul’s words in Romans 11:36, Ephesians 3:21, and 1 Timothy 1:17, could also be considered doxologies.