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Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise Hymn Story and Lyrics

The words of this hymn were written by Walter Chalmers Smith in 1867. The tune used is that of a traditional Welsh ballad.

Walter Chalmers Smith was born on December 5, 1824, in Aberdeen, Scotland. 

He studies theology at Edinburgh. His first ministerial assignment was in London at the Free Scotch Church in Chadwell Street, Islington where he was ordained.

He later in 1876 returned to Edinburgh where he pastored Edinburgh Free High Church.

It is based on the words found in I Timothy 1:17, 17 "Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

It is a praise and worship hymn. It praises our God who is eternal, immortal, invisible and all-wise. It is one of those hymns that makes one contemplate the greatness of our God.

This is a being before whom angels who have never sinned veil their faces. He is a holy God.
Walter Chalmers Smith


Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise Hymn Lyrics

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 as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish, but nought changeth Thee.

Great Father of Glory, pure Father of Light
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All laud we would render, O help us to see:
’Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee.

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.

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Below is a video of a congregation singing this song.



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