One of my favorite doxologies in the Bible comes at the end of Jude:
“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”
I’ve actually written this doxology on my bathroom mirror. I find great encouragement in it. Read it again but in sections. “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling . . .“ I don’t know about you, but it lifts my spirit to know that God’s grace prevents me from stumbling. How? He doesn’t do it by forcing me into making good decisions. He does it by revealing deeper and deeper depths of beauty and grace from his Word. The more I see of Him, the more I willingly choose to follow Him. His beauty and grace toward his children is irresistible. That’s why Paul says that as we behold Him, we will be transformed from one degree of glory to the next (2 Corinthians 3:18).
“To present you blameless before the presence of his glory . . .” One day, God the Father will present a redeemed, sanctified, glorified Bride to His Son – a bride that He chose for Jesus before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). We are the Bride for whom the Son willingly died, so that He could have us for Himself. And when He returns to claim us, we will stand blameless in the presence of his glory because the blood of the Groom has covered us.
“With great joy . . .” It helps me to remember that although God is just and His wrath breaks out against sin (Exodus 19:24), God is a happy God. I am reminded of incredible passages like Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” To those who love Him and have received His forgiveness, perhaps the most important thing we can remember about God is that He is filled with gladness and singing when he considers us. That isn’t to say that we cannot grieve Him (Ephesians 4:30) but His natural disposition toward His children is one of joyful, exuberant happiness, and not because we deserve it, but because He hears His own Spirit within us crying out “Abba, Father!” (Galatians 4:6).
“To the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord . . .” It is too easy to go through life assuming these statements, but not allowing them to permeate our being. We know so many facts, but practice so little truth. The truth is that we all are monotheists in belief, polytheists in practice. We have so many little gods, so many functional saviors, so many lords that the one true God, Savior, and Lord has to constantly vie for our attention. It is enormously healthy for me to read this phrase on my bathroom mirror every morning because it puts my perspective correct first thing. He has saved me despite the fact that there continue to be many small gods strewn about my life (Romans 5:8). How can I turn my back on such a great love?
“Be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” Because He is the only true God, to him alone belongs the direction of my life, the priority in my decisions, the gaze of my adoration, and the submission of my will. And as I learn more of His love and grace toward me, my desires bend toward Him ever more. The truth is that these things – glory, majesty, dominion, and authority – belong to Him, whether I ascribe them to Him or not. I am simply joining the chorus of all creation in agreement. That’s why it is appropriate to end this doxology with a loud, “Amen!”
I hope that this doxology brings fresh encouragement in your walk with Christ, and that you remind yourself daily, whether by writing it on your bathroom mirror, or by putting in your phone as a reminder every morning; however you do it, make sure that your day begins with a regular reminder of God’s grace in your life. Whether it is this doxology, or another passage, make it a part of your daily routine.