Daily Devotional for 10 August 2020 – 1 Timothy 1v17

1 Timothy 1:17

Christians know that one of the things that we should do is worship God, but we can find it hard.  How do we worship?  What do we say? 

Today’s verse shows us two important things:

Firstly, worship is a natural overflow from what He has done for us and who He is.  Today’s verse is a response to the previous verses, where Paul describes how God has saved him, the chief of sinners.

So, he worships: “To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Secondly, worship is fuelled by thinking about who God is.  Worship is not empty singing or speaking, but gives glory to God because He is God.  Worship declares who He is.  Therefore, to worship, we need to know and think about who He is.

This verse does that.  He is:

  • The King of the Ages.  He is the Sovereign Ruler of the universe, He always has been and always will be.
  • Immortal.  He is eternal.  The same God, always.
  • Invisible.  He is not like us.  God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24).  So, we don’t see Him with physical eyes on earth but we will see His great glory when He takes us home.
  • The only God.  There is no other.

Meditate on these things today. Perhaps listen to the great hymn “Immortal, invisible, God only wise” (which is based on this verse and on 1 Timothy 6:15-16, link below) and reflect on just how great He is.

Then you can say from the heart: to Him “be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.”

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