20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
This is one of the many doxologies in the Bible. A doxology is an utterance or a short hymn of praise to God. The word “doxology” comes from the Greek words, doxa (“glory, grandeur”) and logos (“word, speaking”).
Giving glory to God is the believers’ greatest duty on earth. It is their natural inclination to ascribe to God the glory (i.e. the honour and praise) due unto Him. Glory is due unto our God. His people are repeatedly exhorted in the Scriptures to be mindful of this chief end. “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (1 Chronicles 16:29; Psalm 29:2). Similarly, “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts” (Psalm 96:8).
Observe the apostle Paul’s utterance, “God and our Father”. In the previous verse, he had said, “my God shall supply all your need”. Paul was speaking assuredly of God’s gracious provision for all his needs and those of the believers. Here he calls all believers to join him to give glory to God by referring to Him as “God and our Father”. We must, like Paul, urge one another to gather together in the church to praise God as His children. How wonderful it is to glorify God as our Father!
God is our Father in Christ Jesus. Jesus taught us to pray and glorify Him, saying, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Matthew 6:9). We must praise our God because “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him” (Psalm 103:13). We should never regard Him as a despotic ruler of the universe. He is no tyrant, but a kind and loving Father to all His people. As a father is concerned for his children, so is God concerned for all the believers. He will supply all our need “according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Therefore, to God our Father, be glory for ever and ever!
May it never be said of us that we have not returned to give glory to God our Father. Let us be God’s thankful and worshipful people always. One activity of God’s people here on earth that will continue into eternity, even after their life on earth is over, is their giving of praise unto God. All His redeemed and the angels shall praise Him in His celestial glory for ever. God is to be praised for ever. “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen” (Romans 11:36).