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Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Timothy 1:17

Sit and listen to a group of senior citizens long enough and you’ll most likely hear references to ‘the good ole’ days’. Those times in the past when times were better, simpler, more spiritual, or happier. The money was better, the president was better, the pastor was better, the kids more respectful and trustworthy and the list goes on and on.

Without passing judgment on the truth of such statements, two things are certain. One is that times have changed. ‘Family’ is no longer confined to two biological parents raising their children together with the help of the church. Religion has replaced relationship in many ‘houses of worship’ so that rules replace grace and mercy. Political regimes once thought unshakeable lay in a cloud of dust.

The things that remain solid through time are the things that we cling to in times of trouble. That’s what worship is about. That’s what praise is about. Our King overcomes the changing times. Our King isn’t affected by political, financial or social changes. Our King isn’t threatened by any enemy in the seen or unseen world.

His grace is offered just as freely today as it was on the day of creation. His mercy continues to lift us up when we rebel. His forgiveness continues to be offered the second we confess our sin and ask for restoration.

Worship isn’t about music or style or place or state of mind. Worship isn’t dependent on who we are, who we are with, or the name on our church building. Our identity isn’t shaken by religious dogma. Worship is about giving homage to the King of Kings, who just happens to be our Father.

We naturally tend to give homage to those who are most important in our lives. The ones you think of most often are the ones most important to you. The people you talk to most intimately are the ones you trust and love the most. The activities you partake in give an idea of where your interests really are.

Where will you put your loyalty? Will you place it in people who will fail you or religion that will place all sorts of demands on you without offering you unfailing love or eternal life? Will you place it in social reform or education? All those things change with time. Our God never, ever changes! He is the King! The eternal, immortal, invisible God who loves you dearly and wants a passionate relationship with you.

PRAYER: Father God. Your Majesty. I thank you for your grace, mercy and unchanging love in my life. As the Apostle Paul prayed, Now to [you my] King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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