DOXA DEO CENTURION
What do we mean when we say “Doxa Deo Centurion”? Are we referring to a specific denomination in South Africa? Are we speaking a weird language? No not at all. Although there is a Doxa Deo church in Centurion, we’re also not referring to that denomination. Doxa Deo are latin words. Doxa means praise and Deo is God. Thus with Doxa Deo Centurion, we’re saying “Praise God Centurion”. We’re referring to worship. However what is praise and what does praise do?
Seven Words for Praise in the Hebrew Language
To sing, to laud; praise that God inhabits
To kneel down, to Bless God as an act of adoration
An extension of the hand in adoration or acceptance
To be clear, to shine, to boast, celebrate
To throw out the hand, to worship with the extended hand
To address in a loud tone, to triumph, glory, shout!
To touch the strings, to pluck the strings and sing along
What does Doxa Deo do?
Here are 7 things that Doxa [Praise] can do:
1. Doxa Deo gets the focus off us.
Life is not all about us. Sometimes we forget this truth. God is worthy of our praise, no matter what we face from day to day. When our focus in on Him our circumstances or at least the way we see our circumstances begin to change.
“Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!” Psa. 150:2
“And my tongue shall speak of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long.” Psa. 35:28
2. Doxa Deo humbles us.
When we praise God, we realise our dependency and need for Him. During praise we know that He is in control. He is our Father and He is above all.
“Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” Psa. 95:2-3
“I will give you thanks in the great congregation: I will praise you among much people.” Psa. 35:18
3. Doxa Deo makes us victorious over the enemy.
It pushes back the darkness over us. When we Doxa Deo, our battles are won for us. In the story of Jehoshaphat, we see God miraculously defeat the enemy, because of the people’s obedience to praise Him.
“As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated” 2 Chron. 20:22
4. Doxa Deo replaces complaining and negativity.
When we praise God, we’re reminded of what He has done for us. That He knows our concerns, and is capable of taking care of all that burdens us.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.” Psa. 103:2-4
“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Heb. 13:15
5. Doxa invites His presence.
God dwells close to us when we praise Him.
“He inhabits the praises of His people.” Psa. 22:3
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;” 1 Pet. 2:9
6. Doxa Deo refreshes us.
We’re refreshed by His peace and presence. Through a heart of praise, God changes our hearts.
“In His presence, there is fullness of joy.” Psa. 16:11
“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.” Psa. 63:3-4
7. Doxa Deo paves the way for His power.
When we praise God, lives are changed. Paul and Silas sat in prison but they kept right on praising God. And God sent an earthquake that shook the cells and broke the chains. The jailer and all his family came to know Christ that very night.
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.” Acts 16:25-26
Let’s Doxa Deo Centurion
We all praise and worship in fact we’re all worshippers. Wether you’re a Christian, Atheist, Agnostic or have another religion we all worship, it’s only the object of our worship that changes. Let’s praise God Centurion. He is worthy of all praise and honour and glory.