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they are more than we deserve, yet not more It is sad sailing where there is no anchoring, than Christ hath purchased for us.
and sad praying where there is no promise to 6. To make us pray in faith, consider anchor upon, Jam. i. 7. The disciples toiled there is such a bountifulness in God that he all night and caught nothing: the unbeliever often exceeds the prayers of his people; he toils in prayer and catcheth nothing,—he regives them more than they ask; as Hannah ceives not any spiritual blessings, pardon asked a son, and God not only gave her a of sin, or grace; as for the temporal mercies son but a prophet. Solomon asked wisdom, the unbeliever hath, he cannot look upon and God gave him not only wisdom, but riches them as the fruit of prayer, but as the overand honour besides ; Jacob prayed that God flowing and spillings of God's bounty. Oh would but give him food and raiment, and therefore labour to exert and put forth faith the Lord increased his pilgrim's staff into in prayer! two bands, Gen. xxxii. 10. God is oft better OBJ. But there is so much sin cleaves to to us than our prayers, as when Gehazi asked my prayer, that I fear it is not the prayer but one talent, Naaman would needs force of fuilh, and God will not hear it. two upon him, 2 Kings v. 23. We ask one Ans. If thou mournest for this, it hinders talent of mercy, and God gives two talents. not but that thy prayer may be in faith, and The woman of Canaan asked but a crumb, God may hear it. Weakness in prayer shall namely, to have the life of her child; and not make void the saint's prayers, Ps. xxxi. Christ her more, he sent her home with 22, “I said in my haste, I am cut off.” the life of her soul.
There was much unbelief in this prayer: “I 7. The great success the prayer of faith said in my haste :" in the Hebrew, hath found ; like Jonathan's bow, it hath not trembling.” David's faith did tremble and returned empty. Vocula pater dicta in cordo, faint, yet God heard his prayer. The saint's saith Luther,—this little word Father, pro- passions do not hinder the saint's prayers, nounced in faith, hath overcome God, Gen. Jam. v. 17. Therefore be not discouraged; xxxii. 11, “ Deliver me, I pray thee.” And though sin will cleave to thy holy offering, this was mixed with faith in the promise, v. yea these two things may comfort, thou 12, “ Thou saidst I will surely do thee good;" mayest pray with faith, though with weakand this prayer had power with God, and ness; and God sees the sincerity, and will prevailed, Hos. xii. 4. The prayer of faith pass by the infirmity. hath opened prison-doors,—stopt the chariot Quest. How shall we do to pray in faith? of the sun,--locked and unlocked heaven, Ans. Implore the Spirit of God. We canJam. v. 17. The prayer of faith hath strangled I not say, “Our Father,' but by the Holy Ghost. the plots of enemies in the birth; it hath God's Spirit helps us, not only to pray with routed their forces; Moses's prayer against sighs and groans, but with faith. The Spirit Amalek did more than Joshua's sword; and carries us to God, not only as to a Creator, may not this hearten and corroborate faith in but a Father, Gal. iv. 6, “ He hath sent forth prayer?
the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, 8. If all this will not prevail, consider how Abba, Father.” “Crying,' there the Spirit heartless and comfortless it is to pray, and causeth us to pray with fervency; · Abba, not in faith ; the heart misgives secretly, God Father,' there the Spirit helps us to pray doth not hear, nor will he grant. Faithless with faith. Prayer is the key of heaven; praying must needs be comfortless ; for there the Spirit helps faith to turn this key, and is no promise made to unbelieving prayer. then it unlocks heaven.
Having spoken of the introduction to the lowed be thy name." To admire God's Lord's prayer, “ after this manner pray ye,” name is not enough; we may admire a con—and the preface, “Our Father which art in queror, but when we say, “ Hallowed be thy heaven,”—I come now, thirdly, to the prayer name;" we set God's name above every itself, which consists of seven petitions. A name, and not only admire him, but adore short body of divinity is contained in them. him; and this is proper only to the Deity. I begin with the first petition.
For the further explication, I shall propound I. " Hallowed be thy name.” In the Latin, three questions : it is, sanctificetur nomen tuum,-sanctified 1. What is meant by God's name? be thy name. In this petition, “hallowed be 2. What is meant by hallowing God's thy name,” we pray, that God's name may name? shine forth gloriously, and that it may
be 3. When may we be said to hallow or honoured and sanctified by us, in the whole sanctify God's name? course and tenor of our lives. It was the an
Quest. 1. What is meant by God's name? gels' song, "glory to God in the highest ;" Ans. 1. By God's name is meant his es. that is, let his name be glorified and hallowed. sence, Ps. xx. 1, “The name of the God of This petition, “ Hallowed be thy name,” is Jacob defend thee;" that is, the God of Jacob set in the forefront, to show, that the hallow-defend thee. ing of God's name is to be preferred before all A. 2. By God's name is meant any thing things. 1st. It is to be preferred before life; by which God may be known; as a man is we pray,
“ Hallowed be thy name,” before known by his name; God's name is his atwe pray,
“Give us this day our daily bread." tributes, wisdom, power, holiness, goodness ; It is to be preferred before salvation, Rom. ix. by these God is known as by his name. 1. God's glory is more worth than the salva- Quest. 2. What is meant by hallowing tion of all men's souls. As Christ said of God's name? love, Matt. xxii. 36, “ This is the first and
Ans. To hallow, is a communi separaré,-great commandment ;" so I may say of this to set apart a thing from the common use petition, “ Hallowed be thy name,” it is the to some sacred end. As the vessels of the first and great petition; it contains the most sanctuary were said to be hallowed, so to weighty thing in religion, God's glory. When hallow God's name, is to set it apart from all some of the other petitions shall be useless abuses, and to use it holily and reverently. and out of date, we shall not need to pray in In particular, hallowing of God's name is to heaven, “Give us our daily bread,” because give him high honour and veneration, and there shall be no hunger; nor, “ Forgive us render his name sacred. We can add noour trespasses,” because there shall be nothing to God's essential glory; but we are sin; nor,
Lead us not into temptation," be said to honour and sanctify his name, when cause the Old Serpent is not there to tempt; we lift him up in the world, and make him yet the hallowing of God's name shall be of appear greater in the eyes of others. When great use and request in heaven ; we shall be a prince is crowned, there is something added ever singing hallelujahs, which is nothing really to his honour; but when we go to else but the hallowing of God's name. Every crown God with our triumphs and hallelujahs
, person in the blessed Trinity, God the Fa- there is nothing added to his essential glory; ther, Son, and Holy Ghost, must have this God cannot be greater than he is, only we honour, to be hallowed; their glory being may make him appear greater in the eyes
of equal, and their majesty co-eternal. Hal-, others.
Quest. 2. When may we be said to hal- | Gen. xiv. 20, “ Blessed be the most high low and sanctify God's name?
God;" Neh. ix. 5, “ Blessed be thy glorious Ans. 1. When we profess his name. Our name, which is exalted above all blessing meeting in his holy assembly is an honour and praise.” To speak vainly or slightly of done to God's name! this is good, but it is God, is a profaning his name, and is a taking not enough. All that wear God's livery by his name in vain ; let his name be hallowed; profession, are not true servants; there are by giving God his venerable titles, we do as some professors Christ will at the last day it were bang his jewels on his crown. profess against, Matt. vii. 23, “ I will profess A. 5. We hallow and sanctify God's name, I
never knew you.” Therefore, to go a lit- when we love his name, Ps. y. 11, “ Let tle further,
them that love thy name be joyful ;” and A. 2. We hallow and sanctify God's name, that love which is honouring God's name, when we have a high appreciation and es- must be a special discriminating love, the teem of God; we set him highest in our creain and flower of our love,-such a love thoughts. The Hebrew word to honour sig- as we give to none besides ; as the wife ho. nifies to esteem precious; we conceive of nours her husband, by giving him such a God in our minds as the most super excellent love as she gives to none else, a conjugal and infinite good: we apprehend in God, a love, so we hallow God's name, by giving constellation of all beauties and delights: we him such love as we give to none else, a adore God in his glorious attributes, which love joined with worship, Ps. xlv. 11, “ He is are the several beams by which his divine thy Lord, and worship thou him.” nature shines forth; we adore God in his
A. 6. We hallow and sanctify God's name, works, which are bound up in three great when we give him a holy and spiritual volumes, creation, redemption, providence; worship: 1st. When we give him the same we hallow and sanctify God's name, when we kind of worship that he hath appointed : Lev. lift him highest in our souls: we esteem him x. 3, “I will be sanctified in them that come a supereminent and incomprehensible God. nigh to me:" that is, I will be sanctified with
A.3. We hallow and sanctify God's name, that very worship I have appointed. It is when we trust in his name, Ps. xxxiii. 21. the purity of worship God loves better than “ We have trusted in his holy name ;” no the pomp. It is a dishonouring of God's way can we bring more revenues of honour name, to bring any thing into his worship to God, or make his crown shine brighter, which he hath not instituted : as if God were than by confiding in him, Rom. iv. 20, not wise enough to appoint the manner how " Abraham was strong in faith, giving glory he will be served. Men will go to prescribe to God; there was a hallowing of God's him, and superadd their inventions : this name, as unbelief stains God's honour, and God looks upon as offering strange fire, and eclipseth his name, 1 John v. 10, “He that it is a high provocation.
2d. When we believeth not, God hath made him a liar :" give God the same heart devotion in worship so faith doth glorify and hallow God's name. as he hath appointed, Rom. xii. 11. The believer trusts his best jewels in God's vent in spirit, serving the Lord.” The word hands, Ps. xxxi. 5, “ Into thy hands I com- for fervent, is a metaphor that alludes to mit
my spirit ; faith in a Mediator doth more water that seeths and boils over; so our afhonour and sanctify God's name, than mar- fections should boil over in holy duties. To tyrdom, or the most sublime acts of obedi- give God outside worship, and not the devo
tion of the heart, is, instead of hallowing and A.4. We hallow and sanctify God's name, sanctifying him in an ordinance, to abuse when we never make mention of his name him: as if one calls for wine, and you give but with the highest reverence ; God's name him an empty glass ; it is to deal with God, is sacred, and it must not be spoken of, but as Prometheus did with Jupiter, who did eat with veneration. The scripture, when it the flesh and present Jupiter with nothing speaks of God, gives him his titles of honour, but bones covered over with skin. Then we
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hallow God's name, and sanctify him in an with me. If a Christian hath any assistance
ne rien we ! ordinance, when we give him the vitals of in duty, or victory over temptation, he rears * God is a religion, and a heart flaming with zeal. up a pillar and writes upon it, Hucusque ad- d'te sanctify: 6
A. 7. We hallow and sanctify God's name, juvavit Deus,hitherto the Lord hath help. pe–and we when we hallow his day, Jer. xvii. 22, “ Hal. ed me. John Baptist transferred all the ho. low ye the sabbath-day.” Our Christian nour from himself to Christ; he was content sabbath—which comes in the room of the to be eclipsed that Christ might shine the Jews' sabbath—is called the Lord's day, Rev. more, John i. 15, “ He that cometh after me 2 and with t1 i. 10. This was anciently called dies lucis, is preferred before me." I am but the herald,
k• 18, * Blei -a day of light, wherein Christ the Sun of the voice of one crying,—he is the prince ; Righteousness shines in an extraordinary I am but a lesser star,--he is the sun ; I bapmanner. It is an honour done to God, to tize only with water,—he with the Holy hallow his sabbath. 1st. We must rest on Ghost. This is a hallowing God's name, this day from all secular works, Jer. xvii. when we translate all the honour from our. 22. Bear no burden on the sabbath day. selves to God, Ps. cxv. 1, “Not unto us, o As Joseph, when he would speak with his Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give brethren, thrust out the Egyptians, so when glory!” The king of Sweden wrote that we would have converse with God on this motto on the battle at Leipsic. Ista a Doday, we must thrust out all earthly employ- mino facta sunt,--the Lord hath wrought this ments. It is observable, Mary Magdalene victory for us. refused to anoint Christ's dead body on the A. 9. We hallow and sanctify God's name sabbath day, Luke xxiii. 56 ; she had before by obeying him. How doth a son more hoprepared her ointment and spices, but came nour his father, than by obedience ? Ps. xl. not to the sepulchre till the sabbath was past ; 8, “I delight to do thy will, O my God!" she rested on that day from civil work, though The wise men showed honour to Christ, not it were a commendable and glorious work, only by bowing the knee to him, by presentthe anointing of Christ's dead body. 22. Weing him with gold and myrrh, Mat
. ii. 11. must in a solemn manner devote ourselves We hallow God's name, not only by lifting to God on this day; we must spend this up our eyes and hands to heaven, and bowing whole day with God. Some will hear the the knee in prayer, but by presenting God word, but leave all their religion at church; with golden obedience. As the factor trades they do nothing at home, they do not pray for the merchant, so we trade for God, and.', or repeat the word in their houses, and so lay out our strength in his service. It was they rob God of a part of his day. It is be- a saying of reverend Dr Jewel, “I have wailing to see how God's day is profaned ! spent and exhausted myself in the labours of Let no man think God's name is hallowed my holy calling." "To obey is better than while his sabbath is broken.
sacrifice.' The cherubims representing the A. 8. We hallow and sanctify God's name, angels, are set forth with their wings display. when we ascribe the honour of all we do to ed, to show how ready they are to do serhim, Ps. xcvi. 8, “Give unto the Lord the vice to God. To obey is angelical. To glory due unto his name.” Herod, instead pretend honour to God's name, yet not to of hallowing God's name, stained the honour obey, is but a devout compliment. Abraof his name, in assuming that praise to him- ham honoured God by obedience; he was self which was due to God, Acts xii. 23. We ready to sacrifice his son, though the son ought to take the honour from ourselves and of his old age, and a son of the promise, give it to God, 1 Cor. xv. 10, “ I laboured Gen. xxii. 16, 17, " By myself have I sworn, more abundantly than they all.” One would saith the Lord, because thou hast done think this had savoured of pride, but the this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, apostle pulls the crown from his own head, thy only son ; that in blessing, I will bless and sets it upon the head of free grace: thee." " Yet not I, but the grace of God which was A. 10. We hallow and sanctify God's
name when we lift up God's name in our “ The Lord hath taken away, blessed be the plation, der praises. God is said to sanctify, and man is name of the Lord !” Many will bless God , Hucunt, said to sanctify : God sanctifies us, by giving when he gives, but to bless him when he Lord ata
us grace,--and we sanctify him by giving takes away is in a high degree to honour God Ferred alte
him praise. What were our tongues given and hallow his name. Let us thus magnify - te wees us for but to be organs of God's praise ? Ps. God's name. Hath not God given us abun
lxxi. 8, “Let my mouth be filled with thy dant matter of praising him? He hath given
It is called
A. 12. We hallow and sanctify God's name " the garment of praise,” Isa. Ixi. 3. How when we give that same honour to God the comely and handsome is this garment of Son as we give to God the Father, John v. praise for a saint to wear!
Ps. xxxiii. 1, 23, “That all men should honour the Son, " Praise is comely for the upright.” Espe- even as they honour the Father.” The Socially, it is a high degree of hallowing God's cinians deny Christ's divinity, saying that he name, when we can speak well of God, and is a mere man: this is to make him below bless him in an aflicted state, Job i. 21, the angels, Ps. viii. 5, for the human nature,