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naments, when his crown and royal robe are ture. This is to glorify God, when we are taken
away, but God's glory is such an es- God-admirers; we admire God in his atsential part of his being, that he cannot be tributes, which are the glistering beams by God without it; God's very life lies in his which the divine nature shines forth; we glory. This glory can receive no addition, admire him in his promises, which are the because it is infinite ; this glory is that which charter of free grace, and the spiritual cabiGod is most tender of, and which he will not net where the pearl of price is hid ; we adpart with, Isa. xlviii. 11, “ My glory I will mire God in the noble effects of his power, not give to another.” God will give tem- and wisdom, viz. the making of the world, poral blessings to his children, such as wis- this is called the work of his fingers,' Ps. dom, riches, honour; he will give them spi- viii. 3, such curious needle-work it was, ritual blessings,-he will give them grace, that none but a God could work. This
- he will give them his love,-he will give is to glorify God, to have God-admiring them heaven,-but his essential glory he thoughts; we esteem him most excellent, will not give to another. King Pharaoh and search for diamonds only in this rock. parted with a ring off his finger to Joseph, 2. Glorifying of God consists in adoraand a gold chain, but he would not part tion, or worship: Ps. xxix. 2, "Give unwith his throne, Gen. xli. 40, Only in to the Lord the glory due unto his name; the throne will I be greater than thou.' worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” So God will do much for his people ; he There is a twofold worship: Ist. A civil will give them the inheritance; he will put reverence we give to persons of honour : some of Christ's glory, as mediator, upon Gen. xxii. 7, “ Abraham stood up and bowthem; but his essential glory he will noted himself to the children of Heth,”– part with; in the throne he will be Piety is no enemy to Courtesy. 2d. A digreater.'
vine worship which we give to God, is his 2. The glory which is ascribed to God, prerogative royal: Neh. viii. 6, “They or which his creatures labour to bring to bowed their heads, and worshipped the him : 1 Chron. xvi. 29, “Give unto the Lord with their faces towards the ground.” Lord the glory due unto his name," and, This divine worship God is very jealous 1 Cor. vi. 20, “Glorify God in your body of; this is the apple of his eye, this is the and in your spirit.” The glory we give pearl of his crown, which he guards, as he God, is nothing else but our listing up his did the tree of life, with cherubims and a name in the world, and magnifying him in flaming sword, tha no man may come near the eyes of others: Phil. i. 20, “Christ it to violate it; divine worship must be shall be magnified in my body."
such as God himself hath appointed, else Q. What is it to glorify God, or wherein it is offering strange fire, Lev. X. 2. The doth it consist ?
Lord would have Moses make the taberna. A. Glorifying of God consists in four cle, “according to the pattern in the things: Ist. Appreciation, 2d. Adoration, Mount,” Exod. xxv. 40; he must not leave 3d. Affection, 4th. Subjection. This is the out any thing in the pattern, nor add to it. yearly rent we pay to the crown of heaven. If God was so exact and curious about the
1. Appreciation. To glorify God, is to set place of worship, how exact will he be God highest in our thoughts, to have a ve- about the matter of his worship? Surely nerable esteem of him : Ps. xcii. 8, “Thou, here every thing must be according to the Lord, art most high for evermore;" Ps. pattern prescribed in his word. xcvii. 9, “ Thou art exalted far above all
3. Affection. This is a part of the glory gods." There is in God all that may draw we give to God. God counts himself gloforth both wonder and delight; there is in rified when he is loved : Deut. vi. 5, “ Thou him a constellation of all beauties; he is pri- shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy ma causa,--the original and spring-head heart, and with all thy soul.” There is a of being, who sheds a glory upon the crea- twofold love: Ist. Amor concupiscentiæ, a
love of concupiscence, which is self-love, rifies God, hath not only his affections heated
founder; the rivers come from the sea, and
A good Christian is like the sun, which A. 3. Because the glory of God hath doth not only send forth heat, but goes his such intrinsic value and excellency in it; circuit round the world. Thus, he who glo- I it transcends the thoughts of men and the
tongues of angels; God's glory is his trea- cause all our hopes hang upon him, Ps.
Q. How many ways may we glorify
And be much more studious of God's glory than Cyprian says, “whom Satan cannot prevail the angels; for God hath honoured him more against by intemperance, those he prevails than the angels, in that Christ took man's against by pride and vain-glory.” Oh let us nature upon him, and not the angels’: al- take heed of self-worshipping ! aim purely though, in regard of creation, God hath at God's glory. made man "a little lower than the angels," Q. How shall we know we aim at God's Heb. ii. 7, yet, in regard of redemption, glory? God hath set him higher than the angels; 1. When we prefer God's glory above all he hath married mankind to himself; the other things ; above credit, estate, relations ; angels are Christ's friends, but not his when the glory of God coming in competispouse ; he hath covered us with the purple tion with them, we prefer his glory before robe of righteousness, which is a better them. If relations lie in our way to heaven, righteousness than the angels have, 2 Cor. we must either leap over them, or tread upon v. 21. So that if the angels bring glory to them ; & child must unchild himself, and forGod, much more should we, being dignified get he is a child ; he must know neither fawith honour above the angelical spirits. ther nor mother in God's cause, Deut. xxxiji.
A. 5. We must bring glory to God, be-19, “ Who said unto his father and mother,
I have not seen him ; neither did he acknow me the woman to be a tempter, I had not ledge his brethren.” This is to aim at God's sinned. So confession glorifies God; it glory.
clears him, it acknowledgeth he is holy and 2. Then we aim at God's glory, when we rightedis whatever he doth. Nehemiah vincan be content that God's will should take dicates God's righteousness, chap. ix. 33, place, though it cross ours. Lord, I am “ Thou art just in all that is brought upon content to be a loser, if thou be a gainer; to us.” A confession then is ingenuous, when have less health, if I have more grace, and it is free, not forced, Luke xv. 18, “I have thou more glory; whether it be food or bitter sinned against heaven, and before thee.” physic thou givest me, Lord, I desire that He chargeth himself with sin, before ever which may be most for thy glory. Thus our his Father charged him with it. blessed Saviour, “not as I will, but as thou A. 3. We glorify God by believing, Rom. wilt,” Matth. xxvi. 39. So God might have iv, 20, “ Abraham was strong in faith, givmore glory by his sufferings, he was content ing glory to God.” Unbelief affronts God, to suffer, John xii. 28, “Father, glorify thy it gives him the lie; " he that believeth not, name."
maketh God a liar," 1 John v. 10. So faith 3. Then we aim at God's glory, when we brings glory to God, it sets to its seal that can be content to be out-shined by others in God is trưe, John iii. 23. He that believes, gifts and esteem, so God's glory may be in. flies to God's mercy and truth, as to an altar creased. A man that hath God in his heart, of refuge ; he doth ingarrison himself in the and God's glory in his eye, desires that God promises; he trusts all he hath with God, should be exalted; and if this be effected, Ps. xxxi. 5, “Into thy hands I commit my let who will be the instrument, he rejoiceth, spirit.” This is a great way of bringing Phil. i. 15, " Some preach Christ of envy: glory to God, therefore God honours faith, notwithstanding Christ is preached, and I because faith honours God. It is a great therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.” honour we do to a man, when we trust him They preached Christ of envy, they envied with all we have,—we put our lives and esPaul that concourse of people, and they tates into his hand,-a sign we have a good preached that they might outshine him in opinion of him. The three children glorigifts, and get away some of his hearers : fied God by believing, " The God whom we well, saith Paul, Christ is preached, and serve is able to deliver us, and will deliver God is like to have glory, therefore I rejoice; us,” Dan. ii. 17. Faith knows there are no let my candle go out, if the Sun of Right- impossibilities with God, and will trust him eousness may but shine.
where it cannot trace him. A. 2. We glorify God by an ingenuous A. 4. We glorify God, by being tender of confession of sin. The thief on the cross God's glory. God's glory is dear to him as had dishonoured God in his life, but at his the apple of his eye. Now, when we are death he brings glory to God by confession tender of his glory, by laying to heart his of sin, Luke xxiii. 41, “We indeed suffer dishonours, this is a glorifying of him. An justly.” He acknowledged he deserved not ingenuous child weeps to see a disgrace done only crucifixion, but damnation. Josh. vii. to his father, Ps. Ixix. 9, “ The reproaches 19, “My son, give, I pray thee, glory to of them that reproach thee are fallen upon God, and make confession unto him.” An me.” When we hear God reproached, it is humble confession exalts God. How is God's as if we were reproached; when God's glory free grace magnified in crowning those who suffers, it is as if we suffered. This is to be deserve to be condemned; as the excusing tender of God's glory. and mincing of sin doth cast a reproach upon A. 5. We glorify God by fruitfulness, God! Adam denies not he did taste the for- John xv. 8, “ Hereby is my Father glorified, bidden fruit, but, instead of a full confession, if ye bring forth much fruit. As it is a dis. he taxes God, Gen. iii. 12, “The woman bonour to God to be barren, so fruitfulness whom thou gavest me, she gave me of the doth honour him, Phil. i. 11, “ Filled with tree, and I did eat." If thou hadst not given the fruits of righteousness, which are to the
praise of his glory." We must not be like himself much honoured with such a Chris-
to a subject, to hear his prince say to him, A. 6. We glorify God, by being content-“ You will honour and please me very much, ed in that state where his providence hath if you will go to yonder mine of gold, and dig set us. We give God the glory of his wis- as much gold for yourself as you can carry dom, in that we rest satisfied with what he away ?" So, for God to say,
« Go to the or carves out to us. Thus did holy Paul glorify dinances, get as much grace as you can, dig God; the Lord did cast him into as great va- out as much salvation as you can ; and the riety of conditions as any man,“ in prisons (more happiness you have, the more I shall more frequent, in deaths oft,” 2 Cor. xi. 23, count myself glorified.” yet he had learned to be content. St Paul A. 8. We glorify God, by living to God, could sail either in a storm or a calm; he 2 Cor. v. 15, “ that they which live, should could be any thing that God would have him : not live to themselves, but unto him who died he could either want or abound, Phil. iv. 13. for them.” Rom. xiv. 8,
" Whether we A good Christian argues thus : It is God that live, we live unto the Lord.” The Mammonhath put me in this condition ; he could have ist lives to his money, the Epicure lives to raised me higher, if he pleased, but that his belly, the design of a sinner's life is to might have been a snare to me ; God hath gratify lust. But then we glorify God, when done it in wisdom and love; therefore I will we live to God. sit down satisfied with my condition. Surely Q. What is it to live to God? this doth much glorify God!
A. When we live to his service, and lay