Honor And Glory To God

What a wonderful God we serve!  Consider the following given by the Apostle Paul to Timothy.  1 Timothy 1:17 “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”

First, consider that He is King.  That means that He is supreme.  David wrote this description:  1 Chronicles 16:23-27 “Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.  Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.  For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods.  For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.  Honor and majesty are before Him; strength and gladness are in His place.”  Also Psalms 95:1-3 “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!  Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.  Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.  For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods.”

Next, He is eternal.  When Moses met God at the burning bush, he was told to go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt.  Moses asked the name of God.  Exodus 3:14 “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.’ And He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’’”  This is a most wonderful name of God.  It tells us that He has always existed and will always exist.  No one but God can make that claim.  Psalms 90:2 “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.”  We should praise and glorify Him because He is eternal and has created all things.  Revelation 4:9-11 “Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:  ‘You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.’”

Next, He is immortal.  That means he cannot decay or die; it is akin to Him being eternal.  1 Timothy 6:15b-16 “He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.”

Next, He is invisible.  Maybe you wish that you could see God, but you cannot.  But you can understand about Him by what He has made.  Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”  We are told that we live within Him.  Acts 17:24-28 “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.  Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.  And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’”

The word “wise” was added by some of the translators in 1 Timothy 1:17 – it is not in the original text.  Even so, God is wise.  Romans 16:27 “To God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.”  1 Corinthians 1:25 “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”  The wisdom of man is nothing compared to God’s wisdom.

There are many other attributes of our God that I will not address here.  But since God is so wonderful, you should give Him honor.  That means that you should give Him respect, reverence, awe, and devotion.  You should fully appreciate who He is, what He has done, and what He has promised to do.  Psalm 66:2-4 “Sing out the honor of His name; make His praise glorious.  Say to God, ‘How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.  All the earth shall worship You and sing praises to You; they shall sing praises to Your name.”

No only should you give honor to God, but you should give God glory, that is, you should praise and worship Him.  1 Corinthians 10:31 “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  At the birth of Jesus the angels said in Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”  Romans 11:36 “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”  Jude 25 “To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever.  Amen.”

It can be easy to get caught up in your own world and your activities and your duties and all of the things that occupy your life.  But my encouragement to you is to appreciate the God you serve and give Him honor and glory in your heart, with your mouth, and with your life.