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out ourselves wholly for God. The Lord it doth not break our viol, but tunes it, and
hath sent us into the world, as a merchant makes the music sweeter.
sends his factor beyond the seas to trade for A. 10. We glorify God by standing up for
him ; then we live to God, when we trade his truths. Much of God's glory lies in his
for his interest, and propagate his gospel. truth. God hath intrusted us with his truth,
God hath given every man a talent. Now, as a master intrusts his servant with his
when he doth not hide it in a napkin, but im- purse to keep. We have not a richer jewel
proves it for God, this is to live to God. to trust God with, than our souls ; nor God
When a master in a family, by counsel and hath not a richer jewel to trust us with, than
good example, labours to bring his servants his truth. Truth is a beam that shines from
to Christ,—when a minister doth exhaust God, much of his glory lies in his truth; now
himself in the labours of his holy calling, when we are advocates for truth, this is to
when he spends himself, and is spent, that he glorify God; so Athanasius, the bulwark for
may win souls to Christ, and make the truth. Jude v. 3, “ That ye should con-
crown flourish upon Christ's head,—when tend earnestly for the faith,” viz. the doctrine
the magistrate doth not wear the sword in of faith. The Greek word to contend, signi-
vain, but labours to cut down sin, and sup-fies a great contending, as one would con-
press vice,--this is to live to God, and this tend for his land and not suffer his right to be
is a glorifying of God : Phil. i. 20, “ That taken from him ; so we should contend for
Christ might be magnified, whether by life or the truth. Were there more of this holy
by death.” Three wishes St Paul had, and contention, God would have more glory.
they were all about Christ, that he may be some can contend earnestly for trifles and
found in Christ, be with Christ, and that he ceremonies, but not for the truth ; we should
might magnify Christ.

count him indiscreet, that would contend
A. 9. We glorify God by walking cheer- more for a picture, than for his land of inher-
fully. It is a glory to God, when the world itance,—for a box of counters, than for his
sees a Christian hath that within him that box of evidences.
can make him cheerful in the worst times ; A. 11. We glorify God, by praising him.
he can, with the nightingale, sing with a Doxology, or praise, is a God-exalting work:
thorn at his breast. The people of God Ps. 1. 23, “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth
hath ground of cheerfulness; they are justi- me.” The Hebrew word bara, to create,
fied, and instated into adoption ; and this cre- and barak, to praise, are little different, be-
ates inward peace; it makes music within, cause the end of creation is to praise God.
whatever storms are without, 2 Cor. i. 4; 1 David was called the sweet singer of Israel,'
Thes. i. 6. If we consider what Christ hath and his praising God, was called a glorifying
wrought for us by his blood, and wrought in of God, Ps. lxxxvi. 12, “ I will praise thee,
us by his Spirit, it is a ground of great cheer- O Lord my God, and I will glorify thy
fulness, and this cheerfulness glorifies God. name.” Though nothing can add to God's
It reflects upon a master when the servant is essential glory, yet praise exalts him in the
always drooping and sad, sure he is kept to eyes of others. When we praise God, we
hard commons, his master doth not give him spread his fame and renown, we display the
what is fitting ; so when God's people hang trophies of his excellency. In this manner
their heads, it looks as if they did not serve the angels glorify God, and they
a good master, or repented of their choice; choristers of heaven, and do trumpet forth
this reflects dishonour on God. As the gross God's praise. And praising of God is one of
sins of the wicked bring a scandal on the the highest and purest acts of religion ; in
gospel, so do the uncheerful lives of the god-prayer we act like men ; in praise we act like
ly, Ps. c. 2, "Serve the Lord with glad angels ; this is a high degree of glorifying
ness.” Your serving him doth not glorify God. Believers are called • temples of God,'
him unless it be with gladness. A Christian's 1. Cor. iii. 16. When our tongues praise,
cheerful looks glorify God; religion doth not then the organs in God's spiritual temple
take away our joy, but refine and clarify it; I are going. How sad is it that God hath no

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more of his glory from us this way! Many en maxim, "To do to others, as we would
are full of murmurings and discontents, but have them to do to us,” Matth. vii. 12. When
seldom do they bring glory to God, by we do sell our commodities, that we do not
giving him the praise due to his name. We sell our conscience, Acts xxiv. 16, “ Here-
read of the saints having harps in their in do I exercise myself, to have always a
hands, Rev. v. 8, the emblems of praise : conscience void of offence toward God and
many have tears in their eyes, and complaints toward men.” This is to glorify God, when
in their mouths, but few have harps in we have an eye at God in our civil and na-
their hand, blessing and glorifying of God. tural actions, and will do nothing that may
Let us honour God this way. Praise is the reflect any blemish on religion.
quit-rent we pay to God; while God renews A. 14. We glorify God, by labouring to
our lease, we must renew our rent. draw others to God. We convert others,

A. 12. We glorify God, by being zealous and so make them instruments of glorifying
for his name: Numb. xxv. 11, “Phinehas God. We should be both diamonds and
hath turned my wrath away, while he was loadstones; diamonds for the lustre of grace,
zealous for my sake.” | Zeal is a mixed af- and loadstones for our attractive virtue in
fection, a compound of love and anger; it drawing others to Christ: Gal. iv. 19, “My
carries forth our love to God, and anger little children, of whom I travail," &c. This
against sin in a most intense manner. Zeal is a great way of glorifying God, when we
is impatient of God's dishonour: a Christian break the devil's prison, and turn men from
fired with zeal, takes a dishonour done to the power of Satan to God.
God worse that an injury done to himself, A. 15. We glorify God in an high man-
Rev. ii. 2, “ Thou canst not bear them that ner, when we suffer for God, and seal the
are evil.” Our Saviour Christ did thus glo- gospel with our blood : John xxi. 18, 19,
rify his Father : he, being baptized with a "When thou shalt be old, another shall gird
spirit of zeal, drove the money-changers out thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldst
of the temple, John ii. 14, 17, “The zeal of not: this spake he, signifying by what death
thine house hath eaten me up."

he should glorify God.”( God's glory shines A. 13. We glorify God, when we have an in the ashes of his martyrs, Isa. xxiv. 15, eye at God, both in our natural and in our “Wherefore glorify the Lord in the fires." civil actions : 1. In our natural actions. In Micaiah was in the prison,-Isaiah was eating and drinking, 1 Cor. x. 31, “Whe-sawn asunder,--Paul beheaded,,Luke hangther therefore ye eat or drink, do all to the ed on an olive-tree-thus did they by their glory of God.” A gracious person holds the death glorify God. The sufferings of the golden bridle of temperance ; he takes his primitive saints did honour God, and make meat as a medicine to heal the decays of the gospel famous in the world. What nature, and that he may be the fitter, by the would others say ? See what a good master strength he receives, for the service of God; they serve, and how they love him, that they he makes his food, not fuel for lust, but help will venture the loss of all in his service. to duty. 2. In buying and selling, we do all The glory of Christ's kingdom doth not to the glory of God. The wicked live upon stand in worldly pomp and grandeur, as other unjust gain, either by falsifying the balances, kings ; but it is seen in the cheerful sufferHos. xii. 7, “ The balances of deceit are in ings of his people. The saints of old “loved his hands." While men make their weights not their lives to the death,” Rev. xii. 11. lighter they make their sins heavier ; or, by They snatched up torments as so many exacting more than the commodity is worth, 'crowns. God grant we may thus glorify him, they do not for fourscore write down fifty, if he calls us to it. Many pray, “Let this but for fifty, fourscore ; they exact double the cup pass away," but few,“thy will be done.” price that a thing is worth. But when we A. 16. We glorify God, when we give buy and sell to the glory of God, when in God the glory of all we do. Herod when he our buying and selling, we observe that gold- had made an oration, and the people gave a

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shout, saying, “ It is the voice of a god, and been with him upon the mount, then they
not of a man;" he took this glory to himself, adorn religion, and bring revenues of glory
the text saith, “ And immediately the angel to the crown of heaven.
of the Lord smote him, because he gave not Use 1. It shows us what should not be
God the glory, and he was eaten of worms,” our chief end: not to get great estates,-not
Acts xii. 23. I Then we glorify God, when to lay up treasures upon earth,—this is a
we sacrifice the praise and glory of all to degeneracy of mankind since the fall; their
God, 1 Cor. xv. 104 " I laboured more abun- great design is to compass the earth and
dantly than they all,”—a speech one would grow rich, and this they make their chief
think, savoured of pride, but the apostle pulls end ; those never think of glorifying God, -
the crown from his own head, and sets it they trade for the world, but are not factors
upon the head of free grace, “ yet not I, but for heaven : Eccles. ix. 3, “ Madness is in
the grace of God which was with me.” As their heart while they live.” Sometimes
Joab, when he fought against Rabbah, sent for they never arrive at an estate,—they do not
king David, that he might carry away the get the venison they hunt for,-or, though
crown of the victory, 2 Sam. xii. 28, so a they do, what have they? that which will not
Christian when he hath gotten power over fill the heart, no more than the mariner's
any corruption or temptation, sends for breath will fill the sails of a ship,-a picture
Christ, that he may carry away the crown of drawn on the ice! So they spend their time,
the victory. As the silk-worm, when she as Israel, in 'gathering straw, but remem-
weaves her curious work, she hides herself ber not the end of living to glorify God:
under the silk, and is not seen ; so when we Eccles. v. 16, “What profit hath he that
have done any thing praise-worthy, we must laboureth for the wind ?” And these things
hide ourselves under the veil of humility, are soon gone.
and transfer the glory of all we have done to Use 2. It reproves such-1. As bring no
God. Constantine did use to write the name glory to God. They do not answer the end
of Christ over his door, so should we write of their creation, their time is not time lived,
the name of Christ over our duties ; let him but time lost; they are like the wood of the
wear the garland of praise.

vine, Ezek. xv. 2; their lives are, as St A. 17. We glorify God by an holy life ; Bernard speaks, “ either sinfulness or baras a bad life doth dishonour God: 1 Pet. il. renness. An useless burden on the earth.” 9, “ Ye are an holy nation, that ye should God will one day ask such a question as king show forth the praises of him that hath call. Ahasuerus did, Esth. vi. 3, " What honour ed you;” Rom. ii. 24, “ The name of God and dignity hath been done to Mordecai?" So is blasphemed among the Gentiles through will the Lord say, “What honour hath been you.” Epiphanius saith, “ That the loose done to me? What revenues of glory have ness of some Christians, in his time, you brought into my exchequer ?" There is made many of the heathens shun the com- none here present but God hath put you in pany of the Christians, and would not be some capacity of glorifying him; the health drawn to hear their sermons.”. So, by our he hath given you,—the parts, estate, seaexact Bible-conversation we glorify God. sons of grace,—these all are opportunities Though the main work of religion lies in the put into your hand to glorify him; and, be heart, yet our light must so shine that others assured, God will call you to account, to may behold it ; the chief of a building is the know what you have done with the mercies foundation, yet the glory of it is in the fron- he hath intrusted you with, what glory you tispiece; so beauty in the conversation : when have brought to him. The parable of the the saints, who are called jewels, cast a talents, Mat. xxv. 15, where the men with sparkling lustre of holiness in the eyes of the five talents, and the two talents, are the world, then they “ walk as Christ walk- brought to a reckoning, doth evidently show ed," 1 John ü. 6. When they live as if they that God will call you to a strict account, to had seen the Lord with bodily eyes, and know how you have traded with your talents,

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and what glory you have brought to himn. against the Christians, did prohibit church-
Now, how sad will it be with them who hide meetings, and would have the temples of the
their talents in a napkin, that bring God no Christians to be razed down. Such as hin-
glory at all ? V.30, “Cast ye the unprofita- der preaching do as the Philistines that stop-
ble servant into outer darkness." It is not ped the wells, they stop the well of the
enough for you to say, that you have not water of life, they take away the physi-
dishonoured God,—you have not lived in cians that should heal sin-sick souls. Minis-
gross sin ; but what good have you done ? ters are lights, Matth. v. 14, and who but
what glory have you brought to God? It is thieves hate the light? these persons do di-
not enough for the servant of the vineyard, rectly strike at God's glory; and what an
that he do no hurt in the vineyard,—that he account will they have to give to God, when
do not break the trees, or destroy the he shall charge the blood of men's souls
hedges,—if he doth not do service in the upon them? Luke xi. 52, “ Ye have taken
vineyard, he loseth his pay; if you do not away the key of knowledge ; ye entered not
good in your place, do not glorify God, in yourselves, and them that were entering
you will lose your pay, miss of salvation. in ye hindered.” If there be either justice
On think of this, all you that live unservice in heaven, or fire in hell, they shall not go
ably! Christ cursed the barren fig-tree. 2. unpunished.
It reproves such as are so far from bringing Use 3. Exhortation. Let us every one,
glory to God, that they rob God of his glory, in our place, make this our chief end and
Mal. iii. 8, “Will a man rob God? yet he design, to glorify God: 1. Let me speak to
have robbed me.” They rob God, who take magistrates ; God hath put much glory upon
the glory due to God to themselves : 1. If them, Ps. lxxxii. 6, “I have said ye are
they have gotten an estate, they ascribe all gods ;” and will they not glorify him whom
to their own wit and industry, they set the he hath put so much glory upon ? Magis-
crown upon their own head, not considering trates should be zealous for God's worship
that, Deut, viii. 18, “ Thou shalt remember and day; they should not let the sword rust
the Lord thy God, for it is he that giveth in the scabbard, but draw it out for the cut-
thee power to get wealth.” 2. If they do ting down of sin. 2. Ministers, how should
any duty of religion, they look squint to their they study to promote God's glory! God
own glory, Matth. vi. 5, “That they may be hath intrusted them with two of the most
seen of men,”-that they may be set upon precious things, his truths, and the souls of
a theatre that others may admire and can- his people. Ministers are, by virtue of their
onize them. The oil of vain glory feeds office, to glorify God: 1. They must glorify
their lamp. How many hath the wind of God by labouring in the word and doctrine:
popular breath blown to hell! Whom the 2 Tim. iv. l, “I charge thee before God and
devil could not destroy by intemperance, he the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the
hath by vain glory. 3. It reproves them quick and the dead: preach the word, be in-
who fight against God's glory : Acts v. 39, stant in season, out of season," &c. It
“Lest ye be found to fight against God." was Augustine's wish, “that Christ, at his į

Q. But who do fight against God's coming, might find him either praying or glory?

preaching." 2. Ministers must glorify God A. Such as do oppose that, whereby God's by their zeal and sanctity. The priests under glory is promoted. God's glory is much pro- the law, before they served at the altar, did moted in the preaching of the word, because wash in the laver; such as serve in the Lord's it is his engine whereby he converts souls. house, must first be washed from gross sin Now, such as would hinder the preaching in the laver of repentance. It is matter of of the word, these fight against God's glory, grief and shame, to think how many, who 1 Thess. ii. 16, “ Forbidding us to speak to call themselves ministers, do, instead of apthe Gentiles, that they might be saved." parently bringing glory to God, dishonour Dioclesian, who raised the 10th persecution God, 2 Chron. xi. 15. Their lives, as well


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as doctrines, are heterodox, they are not come at last to the blessed enjoying of him.
free from the sins which they reprove in And that brings me to the 2d, · The enjoy-
others. Plutarch's servant upbraided him, ing of God.'
“ It is not as my master Plutarch saith; he II. Man's chief end is to enjoy God for
hath written a book against wrath, anger, et ever, Ps. lxxiii. 25, “Whom have I in hea-
ipse mihi irascitur,-yet he falls into a pass- ven but thee?!! that is, What is there in
ion of anger with me." So this minister heaven I desire to enjoy but thee? There
preacheth against drunkenness,-yet he will is twofold fruition or enjoying of God; the
be drunk; he preacheth against swearing - one is in this life, the other in the life to
yet he will swear; this reproacheth God, and come.
makes the offering of the Lord to be abhor- 1st. An enjoying of God here in this life:
red. 3. Masters of families, do ye glorify The enjoying of God's presence; it is a great
God, season your children and servants with matter to enjoy God's ordinances (a mercy
the knowledge of the Lord; your houses that some do envy us), but to enjoy God's
should be little churches : Gen. xviii. 19, presence in the ordinances, is that which a
“ I know that Abraham will command his gracious heart aspires after, Ps. lxiii. 2,
children that they may keep the way of the “ To see thy glory so as I have seen thee in
Lord.” You that are masters, know you the sanctuary.” This sweet enjoying of
have a charge of souls under you ; for want God, is, when we feel his Spirit co-operat-
of the bridle of family-discipline, youth runs ing with the ordinance, and distilling grace
wild. Well, let me lay down some motives upon our hearts : 1. When in the word the
to glorify God.

Spirit doth quicken and raise the affections, 1. Mot. It will be a great comfort in a Luke xxiv. 32, Did not our hearts burn dying hour to think we have glorified God in within us ? 2. When the Spirit doth transour lives. It was Christ's comfort before his form the heart, leaving an impress of holideath: John xvii. 4, “I have glorified thee ness upon it, 2 Cor. iii. 18,

“ We are on the earth.” At the hour of death, all changed into the same image, from glory to your earthly comforts will vanish. If you glory.” When the spirit doth revive the think how rich you have been,-what plea- heart with comfort, it comes not only with sures you have had on earth,--this will be its anointing, but its seal ; it sheds God's so far from conforting you, that it will but love abroad in the heart, Rom. v. 5. This torment you the more. What is one the is to enjoy God in an ordinance, 1 John i. 3, better for an estate that is spent? But now, “Our fellowship is with the Father, and with to have conscience telling you that you have his Son Jesus Christ.” In the word, we glorified God on earth, what sweet comfort hear God's voice, and in the sacrament we and peace will this let in to your soul! How have his kiss; this is enjoying of God, and will this make you long for death! The ser- | what infinite content doth a gracious soul vant that hath been all day working in the find in this! The heart being warmed and vineyard, longs till evening comes when he inflamed in a duty, this is God's answering shall receive his pay. They who have lived, by fire. When a Christian bath the sweet and brought no glory to God, how can they illapses of God's Spirit, these are the firstthink of dying with comfort? They cannot fruits of glory, when God comes down to expect an barvest,--they never sowed any the soul in an ordinance; now, Christ hath seed. How can they expect glory from pulled off his veil, and showed his smiling God, that never brought any glory to him? face; now, he hath led a believer into the O in what horror will they be at death! the banqueting-house, and given him of the worm of conscience will gnaw their souls, spiced wine' of his love to drink; he hath before the worms are gnawing their bo- put in his finger at the hole of the door; he dies.

hath touched the heart, and made it leap for 2. Mot. If we glorify God, he will glorify joy. O how sweet is it thus to enjoy God! our souls for ever; by raising God's glory, The godly have, in the use of the ordinances, we increase our own; by glorifying God, we had such divine raptures of joy, and soul

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