Sometimes our songs are a little bit about us. That’s okay — we have troubles, after all. We have trials. We have worries. But this song is not about what God can do for us. It is not a song about how He heals us, answers our prayers, or blesses our lives. Instead it is a beautiful example of something that is about Him. His greatness, His power, His attributes. Who is He? If we can answer that question in song, we will once again fall to our knees in humble awe of the king of heaven and earth.
Isaiah chapter fifty-five says, “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” So who is He, this one who is higher? I am glad that a wonderful old song tells us part of the answer. He is everlasting. Unseen. All-knowing. He is pure light, and in Him is no darkness. He is set-apart, celebrated. Before the creation of time, He was; He is the great “I Am,” the first and last, the beginning and the end. He is life. He is unchanging. Sometimes it is good to take a moment and think about Him . . . only Him.
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.
To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish — but naught changeth Thee.
Walter Chalmers Smith
All About Him