Doxology turns out to be much more than a moment in a worship service. Christians glorify God in all that they do not simply as living letters (2 Cor 3:3), but as living hymns.
—Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Pictures at a Theological Exhibition: Scenes of the Church’s Worship, Witness and Wisdom, 140
We can serve God because He first serves us. Understood first as God’s service to us, the liturgy becomes a locus in which God’s gracious self-giving promotes the interiorization of our faith, the articulation of our devotion, and the strengthening of our will for action.
—Geoffrey Wainwright, Doxology: The Praise of God in Worship, Doctrine, and Life, 217
The character of Christian worship is that of an encounter in which God speaks to us and gives us the tokens of His love, and in which we offer Him our praise and thanks, seek His forgiveness and renew our commitment, ask His help and entrust our future to Him.
—Geoffrey Wainwright, Doxology: The Praise of God in Worship, Doctrine, and Life, 443
Hendrikus Berkhof suggests calling liturgy a “meeting” instead of a “worship service” to emphasize its dialogic, relational character.
—John D. Wivliet, The Doctrine of the Trinity and the Theology and Practice of Christian Worship in the Reformed Tradition (Ph.D. dissertation), 163
No one can claim, of course, that every God-human encounter in Scripture follows this clear pattern; even if it did, there is no forthright command to fashion Christian worship using this deep structure. Nevertheless, with such a consistent pattern of divine-human conversation seen in Scripture, it suggests a normative approach—even a solid rationale—for seriously considering this pattern for the divine-human encounters of corporate worship.
—Constance Cherry, The Music Architect: Blueprints for Engaging Worshipers in Song, 82
Jürgen Moltmann says that “Real theology, which means the knowledge of God, finds expression in thanks, praise and adoration. And it is what finds expression in doxology that is real theology.”
—Christopher Cocksworth, Holy, Holy, Holy: Worshiping the Trinitarian God, 12
Accordingly, the Church’s worship will be best conformed to its true nature when its pattern echoes the crystal logical pattern we have seen in Scripture. In the first place, the Church must be attentive to the proclamation of the Word. . . . The second aspect of Christian worship is our joining in the latreia of Christ, offering through Him the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to the Father, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
—William Nicholls, Jacob’s Ladder: The Meaning of Worship, 27-28