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grant us also to direct our whole life, thoughts, words, and works to this end, that thy most holy name be not reproached by us, but rather be renowned with honour and continual praises.9
123. Q. What is the second petition ?
A. “Thy kingdom come.” That is, Rule us by thy word and Spirit, that we may humble and submit ourselves more and more unto thee. Preserve and increase thy church;s destroy the works of the
in Zion, and he is high above all people. Ps. xcix. 2. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel ; for he hath visited and redeemed his people; and hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David. Luke i. 68, 69. Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power unto the Lord our God! Alleluia ! for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth! Let us be glad, and rejoice, and give honour to him. Rev. xix. 1, 6, 7.
9 Let my mouth be filled with thy praise, and with thy honour all the day. Ps. lxxi. 8. Not unto us, O Lord, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake. Ps. cxv. I. I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness; and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high. Ps. vii. 17. I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. Ps. cxvi. 13. Sing unto the Lord, bless his name : shew forth his salvation from day to day. Ps. xcvi. 2. Sing forth the honour of his name, make his praise glorious. Ps. lxvi. 2. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised. 1 Chron. xvi. 25.
• Teach me to do thy will ; for thou art my God; thy spirit is good ; lead me into the land of uprightness. Ps. cxliii. 10. Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me; for thou art the God of my salvation, on thee do I wait all the day. Ps. xxv. 4,5. Teach me good
udgment and knowledge. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. I am a stranger in the earth; hide not thy commandments from me. Ps. cxix. 18, 19.
• Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion : build thou the
devil, and every power that lifts itself against thy divine Majesty ; frustrate and defeat all those counsels which are inimical to thy holy word,t until
walls of Jerusalem. Ps. li. 18. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. Ps. cxxii. 6, 7. Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness, and let thy saints shout for joy. Ps. cxxxii. 9. Return, we beseech thee, O God of Hosts; look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine. Ps. lxxx. 14. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. Matt. ix. 38.
• And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. Rom. xvi. 20. He that committeth sin is of the devil ; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John iii. 8. I have set my king upon my holy hill of Zion Rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Ps. ii. 6, & cx. 2. Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name. Jer. x. 25. I will make void the counsel of Judah, Jer. xix. 7. The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things. Who have said, With our tongues will we prevail, our lips are our own: who is lord over us? Ps. xii. 3, 4. For the day of the Lord of Hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low. Isa. ii. 12. And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low. Isa. ii. 17. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise ? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world ? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world ? That no flesh should glory in his presence. 1 Cor. i. 19, 20, 29. And I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. Isa. xiii. 11.
the time arrives when thou shalt reign in plenitude and perfection, when thou shalt be all in all."
124. Q. What is the third petition ?
A. “ Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” That is, Grant that we and all men, renouncing and forsaking our own will,w may readily, and
* And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. Rev. xi. 15. And I heard a loud voice say. ing, in heaven, Now is come salvation and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ ; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. Rev. xii, 10. After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; 'and will be their God and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neigh. bour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord; for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord. Jer. xxxi. 33, 34. For when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. I Cor. xiii, 10.
And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God way be all in all. I Cor. xv. 28. And I saw no temple therein ; for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie; but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. Rev. xxi. 22-24, 27.
w Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come. after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and fol
cheerfully, obey thy will, which alone is holy ; * and that so every one of us may faithfully and cheerfully perform that duty and charge which thou hast committed unto us,y even as the blessed angels do in heaven.2
low me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matt. xvi. 24, 25. Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. John iv. 34. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. John vi. 38. Matt. vii. 21. Heb. xiii. 20, 21.
* Teach me to do thy will : for thou art my God. Thy spi. rit is good ; lead me into the land of uprightness. Ps. cxliii. 10. And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. Rom. xii. 2. Not with eye-service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. Eph. vi. 6. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. 1 Pet. ii. 15. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just and good. Rom. vii. 12. Furthermore, then, we beseech vou, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification. 1 Thess. iv. 1-3. Matt. xxvi. 39. 1 John ii. 17.
y Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God. 1 Cor. vii. 24. Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. 1 Cor. vii. 20. I therefore beseech you that ye walk-worthy of the vocation wherein ye are called. Eph. iv. 1. Moreover it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful. I Cor. iv. 2.
2 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his
125. Q. What is the fourth petition ?
A. “Give us this day our daily bread.” That is, Give unto us all things, which are needful for this life,a that by them we may acknowledge and confess thee to be the only fountain, from whence all good things do flow, and all our care and industry,
word. ·Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Ps. ciii. 20, 21. Above it stood the seraphims. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory. Isa. vi. 2, 3.
• The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. Ps. cxlv. 15, 16. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns ; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment ? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin ; and yet I say unto you, that even Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Matt. vi. 25—31. Trust in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. 1 Tim. vi. 17. Casting all your care upon him ; for he careth for you. 1 Pet. v. 7.
b Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James i. 17. Neither is wor. shipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; for in him we live, and move, and have our being. Acts. xvii. 25, 28. Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did