DOXOLOGY NUMBER ONE:
Listen to something the "beasts" (Living
Creatures) of Revelation chapter 4 say to the Lord God
Almighty. It is "pure worship" for sure!
" ... Those beasts give
glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who
liveth for ever and ever." Revelation 4:9
The noun for "beasts" is (in Greek) "zoon"
and means something alive! (A living being, man or animal) If
you remember from Revelation 4 these beautiful creatures (one
with the likeness of a lion, one like a calf, one a man, and the
last like a flying eagle) are gathered around God's very
Throne! Each had 6 wings and each constantly gave praise to
God, saying "Holy Holy Holy!" to His Name!
Now this Friday I am interested in the
"doxology" they ascribe to our God!
They "give" (in Greek = didomi, the common
verb meaning to grant, deliver, show, put or give ... and at
times even to utter or to yield) to God 3 things.
Let's join in their worship and notice the
They give Him glory! (Apparently angels love
to do this. For example, when Jesus was born they did!
"And suddenly there was with the angel a
multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory
to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward
men." Luke 2:13-14) They probably learned to do this
from these 4 Living Creatures! The first time this verb is used
in the New Testament, it falls from the lips of the devil!
Matthew 4:9 --- "And saith unto him, All
these things will I (the devil) give thee (Jesus), if thou wilt
fall down and worship me." The last use is from God to
old lost sinners! Revelation 21:6 ---
"And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the
beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of
the fountain of the water of life freely."
Glory is the Greek noun "doxa" and may be a
key word indicating the SUM of all the glorious attributes of
God Almighty! They are praising God for Who He Is! This is the
highest of the three words they use toward God! "Doxa" comes
from a verb that means "to think" or just "to seem!" They yield
obediently to God all they think Him to be! (And THEY ought to
"Honour" is the noun "time" (pronounced
tee-may') and means "the value paid" for something!
(Something's WORTH to you!) This is the next highest word they
use. In the King James Bible it's rendered "price" eight times
and "precious" once and "honour" 35 times! (The VALUE of a
Person!) It's first Bible use is in Matthew 27:6 where
reference is made to "the PRICE of blood!"
The most valuable thing in the world of God's world is
the BLOOD of Jesus! Now we've progressed from ALL God is
(Glory) to His specific act of Redemption (Honour)!
Lastly notice "thanks!" (In Greek =
eucharistia) It literally means "good" (eu) "grace" (charis)!
It is a term used to express appreciation for what God has done
for an individual! The general rule is: Praise God for
what He IS! Thank God for what He's DONE! Praise for
His Character! Thanks for His deeds! This is the lowest of the
three words used ... but is still mighty beautiful! Not one of
us would be here apart from His actions on our behalf! It is
predominantly a Pauline word ... 12 of 15 times!
Let's just notice today that we've had here a
three-fold ascription of praise to God!
In so doing ... could someone this June 25th
also give to God: Glory! And Honour! And Thanks!
I believe I can hear you now!
If so ... you are "in tune" with heaven
Down at the cross
where my Savior died,
Down where for cleansing from sin I cried,
There to my heart was the blood applied;
Glory to His Name!
I am so wondrously
saved from sin,
Jesus so sweetly abides within;
There at the cross where He took me in;
Glory to His Name!
Oh, precious fountain
that saves from sin,
I am so glad I have entered in;
There Jesus saves me and keeps me clean;
Glory to His Name!
Come to this fountain
so rich and sweet,
Cast thy poor soul at the Saviorís feet;
Plunge in today, and be made complete;
Glory to His Name!
I'm so glad you've studied with us today!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
DOXOLOGY NUMBER TWO:
I have found another great "doxology" (a
paragraph of praise) in the Book of Revelation.
Let me tell you about it.
"And when those beasts
give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne,
who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall
down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that
liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the
throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and
honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy
pleasure they are and were created." Revelation 4:9-11
I'm today going to focus on the words that
flowed from the lips of those 24 elders.
Please do notice that their praise didn't
begin until the praise of the 4 "beasts" (living creatures) rang
throughout heaven! Here's a case of one set of praise inspiring
another set of praise! (It will happen nearly every time!)
Praise is contagious!
So is grumbling for that matter!
When the woman poured out that costly perfume
on Jesus, anointing Him for burial, the New Testament records
the situation 3 times. After the event ... some "grumbling"
"Then saith one of his
Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and
given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor;
but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was
put therein. Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of
my burying hath she kept this." John 12:4-7
"And there were
some that had
indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of
the ointment made? For it might have been sold for more than
three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they
murmured against her." Mark 14:4-5
his disciples saw
it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is
this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much,
and given to the poor." Matthew 26:8-9
In one record, only Judas grumbled! In the
Markan account "some" grumbled! But by the time it got to the
third account the Holy Spirit lets us know that all 12 ("the
Again, friend, it is contagious! Which one
do you choose to spread? Grumbling ... or praise?
I also want you to see something else here.
The praise offered by the 4 beasts was threefold. The praise
offered by the 24 elders was fourfold! Praise "grows"
throughout the whole Book of Revelation! (It does so throughout
the whole Book of Psalms too ... ending in the "grand finale"
... Psalm 150!)
The elders offered to the Lord: worth, glory,
honour and power! Here it is again. Maybe I should say that
possibly this is a fourfold statement of praise.
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive
glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things,
and for thy pleasure they are and were created." You
have to count "worthy" as a part of the doxology to get four ...
which I certainly do!
"Worthy" translates a Greek word "axios" that
means heavy or with great weight! The Lord matters so much to
them that He's heavy on their hearts and minds and wills and
emotions! Does our God carry much "weight" with you, dear
Believer? Another dictionary of Bible terms says the word "axios"
likely comes from little verb ("ago") that means to lead! Are
you following His leadership in daily life? He's a Qualified
That verb "art" is in the present tense too!
The Lord just keeps on being "worthy" all the time.
The infinitive "to receive" is framed as an
aorist in Greek! That means its sense of "time" is one of
finished (completed) activity! The issue is settled! God is a
God of utmost supreme glory, honour and power! Amen! (No doubt
Glory ("doxa"), from which we get the very
term "doxology" means "to seem good" or to be of "good
reputation." Pristine in character! In our King James Bibles
the word is usually translated as it is here: glory (145
times). However, it is also rendered by the King James Bible
praise, dignity (as a plural) and worship!
Honour (in Greek = "ti-me") carries the idea
of that which is of great value! It's from the verb "to pay a
price!" Somehow Calvary gets into ALL our praise, doesn't it?
BUT here things now
differ from the previous praises of the 4 beasts! The 24
elders notice His great POWER! "Dunamis" is a word that speaks
of the ABILITY to exercise power. It implies potential ("stored
up" and ready to use in a moment's notice) power! It is the
little word that comes into English as "dynamite" and as
"dynamic" and as "dynamo!"
I've been wondering something. WHY did the
living creatures NOT mention God's POWER ... and the 24 elders
did? (The first answer to that must be Holy Spirit
Secondly I believe the creatures of heaven
have been around God's power since the day of their creation and
they are accustomed to it! God can do anything! And they know
it! That's (in fact) all they've ever known!
BUT for the 24 elders ... who have lived on a
sin-cursed earth ... limited by human weakness ... the
Omnipotence (all power) of God is absolutely amazing!
POWER to Him!
Praise be to His great STRENGTH!
Still 99.999% unused but ready!
Why don't you get alone with the Lord
somewhere today ... and love Him and worship Him and adore Him
and tell Him you know that He is the God of ALL: worth, glory,
honour and POWER too!
If you do this ... you will be echoing the
words of heaven here on earth!
Glory to His Name!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
DOXOLOGY NUMBER THREE:
Today notice with me Revelation 5:13 ...
"And every creature
which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and
such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I
saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him
that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and
John has been "transported" to heaven and is
seeing things that are yet to occur (at a future time).
Every creature is involved in this chorus of
praise to the Lamb of God!
That includes all of mankind too!
They are "giving" 4 things to God ("Who
sitteth on the Throne") and to the Lamb ("the Lord Jesus").
First there is "BLESSING!" The Greek word is
"eulogia" and means to say ("logeo") something good ("eu") about
someone! Talk good about the Lord! Extol Him habitually!
"HONOUR" is in Greek "time" (pronounced
tee-may') and means the value one places on something or
someone! Tell the dear Lord how priceless He is in your view!
"GLORY" (in Greek "doxa") actually means
opinion, judgment, view or even estimate! I believe it also is
the sum total of all God's attributes! Others teach that it is
a manifestation of the essence of God ... His very GLOW!
Lastly "POWER" is the word "kratos" and means
"manifested power!" It's from a Greek root meaning "to perfect
or to complete" something. It's probably connected to our word
"creator!" (Force, strength, might!)
This is called a "doxology" and the Book of
Revelation is FULL of them!
Prayerfully select one today ... and
genuinely offer it to your Father above!
Let's do so together.
Dear Lord, unto Thee we ascribe (acknowledge,
yield, give) blessing, honour, glory and power! They are Thine
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
DOXOLOGY NUMBER FOUR:
We have been for the past few days examining
the "doxologies" of the Book of Revelation.
It is a Book filled with praise!
It is also filled with warfare!
But in Revelation ... praise precedes
In fact, I believe praise aids and empowers
one who is about to enter warfare!
It seems that a Believer can literally praise
his way to victory!
Notice Revelation 5:12 with me today.
"Saying with a
loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power,
and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and
This verse is being spoken by a group of
angels, living creatures and elders.
Interestingly, the words "loud voice"
translate a Greek expression we all know. Loud is "mega" and
voice is "phone!" Put them together: "megaphone!"
The words of this paragraph of praise are
similar to the others we have studied. They seem to follow in
BUT there are two exceptions.
These particular worshippers add
"strength!" The Lamb (the Lord Jesus) is worthy to
receive riches? And strength?
The noun for "riches" is "ploutos" and means
wealth or an abundance of possessions. The word comes from a
verb stem that means "to fill!" (The word picture is being
"filled to the brim" with wealth!)
The Bible speaks of God's riches!
The riches of His goodness (Romans 2:4) and
the riches of His glory (Romans 9:23) and the riches of His
grace (Ephesians 1:7)! Paul mentions the unsearchable riches of
Christ in Ephesians 3:8. In Christ are hid all the "treasures"
of wisdom and knowledge ... says Colossians 2:3! Listen to the
Lord in Psalm 50:10 --- "For every beast
of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a
And note the "strength" ascribed to Jesus
That word is "ischus" and means force or
power (especially in a physical sense)! This (says Vine's Bible
Dictionary of Words) is power as an endowment. Our Lord as the
divine Son of God possesses all power. But as a virgin born
member of humanity, He is "given" power by His Father. For
example, John 17:2 --- "As thou hast given
him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as
many as thou hast given him."
Lord today, from the depths of my heart I
want to cry unto Thee as the One with all true riches and all
true strength! I worship Thee as the wealthy One and as the
strong One! Then, Heavenly Father, I thank Thee that in my hour
of need ... Thy riches are abundantly sufficient! And that in
my hour of weakness ... Thy strength is available!
No wonder Paul said:
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches
in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19 (Riches
unto the Lamb!)
And then Paul said: "I
can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
Philippians 4:13 (Strength to the Lamb!)
Let's all spend some time today just
Praises be unto His dear Name!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
DOXOLOGY NUMBER FIVE:
I believe I never realized just how much
"praise" there is in the Book of Revelation. I've found yet
another "doxology" to the Lord God Almighty! He deserves them
The one in Revelation 7:12 seems to be given
by angels alone!
"And all the angels
stood round about the throne, and about the elders and
the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and
worshipped God, saying, Amen:
Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and
honour, and power, and
might, be unto our God for ever and ever.
This particular statement of praise is
"bracketed" by "Amens!" I've marked them in
red for you. Somehow the very
thought of angels saying "Amen" thrills me! Friend, when you
say Amen in church you're echoing the very language of heaven!
We've already studied most of these words in
previous "doxologies" in this series. BUT two are unique to
"Thanksgiving" and "might" (in Greek) are
particular to this text.
The noun "thanksgiving" translates "eucharistia."
It's a combined term. "Eu" means good! "Charis" is the word
for grace! GOOD GRACE! These angels can't get over the good
grace of God! And they're not even the recipients of it to the
degree we humans are! At least ... they're not "saved" as we
are! It seems that even the angels have a lot for which to
And the noun "might" translates "ischus" in
Greek. It means primarily physical strength ... or strength
endowed (given) to a person for his or her life. For some
reason the angels are overwhelmed by God's awesome exhibitions
of sheer strength! The word is believed to be derived from the
Greek stem of the verb "to be!" It should be no wonder to us
that the God Whose very Name is I AM should have ability or
strength based on His eternal existence! (God could well say: I
AM therefore I CAN!) Wow! (There is grammatical "linkage"
between these two words!)
"Lord, again today we want to praise You!
Unto your name be glory for the GOOD GRACE that is yours! And
for the GOOD GRACE you've given us as well! Remind us that when
Peter described the Grace of God, he used the term "manifold!"
(1 Peter 4:10) The word means "many colored!" And Lord we
further ascribe to You (recognize that it is YOURS) power,
strength, might and ability for ever more! In Jesus' Name,
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
DOXOLOGY NUMBER SIX:
Today let's look at one more of the glorious
"praise paragraphs" (also called "doxologies") in the Book of
"And after these things
I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying,
and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: For
true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged
the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her
fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her
hand." Revelation 19:1-2
These are the words of "much people." And
they're already in heaven too!
"Alleluia" translates the equivalent of an
Old Testament word, Hallelujah! It means (in Hebrew ... halal
Yah) ... Praise the Lord!
The other elements in this doxology are
common to the other doxologies we've studied ... (glory, honour
and power) ... BUT with one exception. The noun "salvation" has
Notice it is not spoken by angels (who know
little of soul salvation, having never experienced it)! It is
spoken by sinners who have been saved by the Grace of God!
The Greek word for salvation, "soteria,"
means deliverance, preservation, safety and (of course)
salvation! In all its forms, it's found 45 times in the Bible.
Saved man now does ... and always will praise
God for salvation from sin! For deliverance from hell! For
life instead of death!
Let's all say it to the Lord again today!
Salvation! Thank You Saviour for salvation!
Salvation unto Thy Name!
In fact, Salvation IS Thy Name! (That's what
We love Thee, dear Saviour!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
DOXOLOGY NUMBER SEVEN:
Today we look at the last "doxology" in our
It seems a little "slim" when compared to the
seven-fold praise packages we have been studying!
But I want us to analyze it anyway.
"After this I
beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number,
of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood
before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white
robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice,
saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and
unto the Lamb." Revelation 7:9-10
Notice that there is just one element in this
"praise" paragraph: SALVATION!
Praising God for salvation!
And just who is offering this adoration to
God and the Lamb?
Human beings! SAVED human beings! From
every nation on earth!
You know, I think that salvation is the gift
for which man can best praise God!
In all these doxologies we've studied ...
angels never have praised God for salvation! They have not
experienced it as we have!
But we who have been redeemed surely ought to
lift our voices to Him again and again ... particularly
emphasizing His saving Grace!
The Psalmist boldly declares:
"Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy and gathered
them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from
the north, and from the south." (Psalm 107:2-3) That's
exactly what's going on in Revelation 7!
It just seems to me that there are certain
areas of praise which are best raised to God by angels! Other
areas of praise can best be brought to God by prophets and Old
Testament Saints. Others yet by the Seraphim (Isaiah 6) ... who
specialize in the "Holy, Holy, Holies" of Praise!
BUT when it comes to the saints of God ...
our BEST area of praise just may be in the department of
This is what I say: Praise God for
Thank You, Lord, for saving my soul!
Jonah was right!
"Salvation is of the
Lord!" Jonah 2:9
And it is so true that
"Salvation belongeth to the Lord." Psalm 3:8 (He just
gives it to sinners as a Gift through the shed Blood of Jesus!)
Let us say what those throngs said in John's
7th chapter of Revelation: "Salvation to
our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb."
Glory to His Name! You can add that
("Glory") ... or any other attribute of the Lord's ... any time
you please! Just don't forget your specialty --- old fashioned
Blood bought SALVATION!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell