To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17 ESV)
Paul pauses from his statement to utter a praise to God. He can’t help it. I can imagine him writing his letter and getting so worked up and excited that he is about to burst, and this comes it in this statement. So what has him so excited? He had just been explaining to Timothy about his own salvation and how he, a former blasphemer, was saved by God from the depths of his sin. Paul calls himself the worst of sinners and reflects on the fact that God had mercy on him. This is what has him so excited that he breaks out in praise. This gives me pause to ask, how excited am I about God’s work in my life? Do I have a grasp of the depths from which I was raised? Do I have an entitlement attitude toward God’s grace? Or am I truly moved to tears of joy when I reflect on what God has done for me?
O Lord, give me eyes to see how wide and deep is your love for me! Would you give us a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of our hearts enlightened, that we may know what is the hope to which you have called us, what are the riches of your glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of your power toward us who believe, according to the working of your great might. (Ephesians 1:17-19 ESV)