Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”
For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
(Romans 11:33-36, NIV)
This is called The Doxology. Doxology means it is a formal, liturgical praise to God.
It speaks of God’s vast greatness. It truly is beyond description, but Scripture writers and all authors have been trying to describe it for millenia. God’s greatness is really beyond description. It is beyond measurement. God Himself is beyond measurement or description, so to worship and praise Him within liturgical restraints seemingly doesn’t make sense.
However, Paul wraps it up beautifully in verse 36. “From him.” “Through him.” “For him.” “To him.” Graceful poetry to describe it all.
I heard my friend James Spruill preach on these verses once, and in his wonderful wisdom, made it so simple…
“From him”… God is the source of all things. He created all things. He gives us all things. He is The Source.
“Through him”… God is the power. In our weakness, he shows himself strong. Without him, we can do nothing.
“For him”… God is the purpose. The first sentence of The Purpose Driven Life finds its origin right here. It’s not about you. It’s all about God. It’s all for him. Living completely for him brings the abundant life that you and I read about in John 10:10. It’s what this world so desperately is searching for.
“To him”… Why do we live “for him”? To bring him glory. For all he’s done. For the living hope that is ours. For this great salvation that is ours… all the glory is his. So others might come to know our wonderful God!
A little bit of liturgy does the soul good.
Amen. I actually just wrote an article about the liturgy myself. If you have a chance, check it out. I would be curious to know what you think: http://364daysofthanksgiving.com/isnt/