Singing through the Year: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
"Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever." 1 Timothy 1:17
This passage from 1 Timothy is the inspiration for the opening lines of "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise." This hymn of praise expands on the themes of God's unchanging greatness and awesomeness (in the sense of "filling with awe").
Immoral, Invisible, God Only Wise
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might:
thy justice, like mountains high soaring above,
thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.
To all, life thou givest, to both great and small;
in all life thou livest, the true life of all;
we blossom and flourish like leaves on the tree,
then wither and perish, but naught changeth thee.
Thou reignest in glory, thou dwellest in light,
thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
all praise we would render; O help us to see
'tis only the splendor of light hideth thee!
Singing through the Year features a hymn related to next Sunday's lectionary readings. Each hymn will be sung at the Presbyterian church where I am the organist.