I have mentioned Favorite Hymns and “Doxology”. The one in the Baptist Hymnal says:
” Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! AMEN”
As a young person, First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, sang this as a congregational Benediction, every Sunday morning. I doubt, very seriously, that to any great extent, this is a practice there or anywhere else and that’s a shame. It carries the scriptural truth of the expanded ‘Doxology’ that Paul wrote to the Christian Church in Rome. His final words are:
“25Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.” (Romans 16: 25-27 ESV)
What a great tradition if every gathering, whether in Worship or Social would to be spoken, together, by all from memory, heartfelt and honestly, as a Benediction! Oh, surely, I realize that this is a pipe dream, but my Bible says that every tongue shall profess and every knee shall bow in Glorious Praise to the ONE SUPREME GOD, one day. (perhaps sooner that we think) So, why not start rehearsing now? When witnessing the glorious world around us; when awakening to another opportune day; when touching a leaf or hearing a baby cry, how can we but, “Praise GOD from whom all blessings flow”? Amen? AMEN!