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Praise by Manning

Praise by Manning

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BY HENRY EDWARD MANNING, M.A,


PSALM cl. G.

" Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye
the Lord."

BY HENRY EDWARD MANNING, M.A,


PSALM cl. G.

" Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye
the Lord."

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BY HERY EDWARD MAIG, M.A,PSALM cl. G." Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise yethe Lord."THESE words end the Book of Psalms the volumeof the Book of God s praise. The Spirit of God,who filled psalmists and seers with these songs of Divine joy, utters here the great law of creationas the last note of this heavenly strain. God madethe world for His glory ; and the breath of allliving is due to Him in praise. " Let every thingthat hath breath praise the Lord." We need notstraiten these words to the letter. Breath is life ;and it is a summons to all living, in heaven and inearth and under the earth, to all spirits of menand angels, to pay their homage of praise to theLord of all.It is a remarkable token of the unity of theSERM. XV.] PRAISE.mystical body of Christ, both before and since Hiscoming, that the Catholic Church should receivefrom the Church of Israel its chief songs of praise.Though " they without us" could " not be madeperfect," yet we without them should have inherited no Psalter of Divine joy. Without doubt,the Spirit of Christ, who dwells in all fulness withHis Church, would have multiplied the sweet singers of His true Israel, so that praise should neverhave been silent before His altars. But it maybe, that He would teach us a lesson of perfect sympathy and of mutual help among the members of Hisbody ; and above all, a lesson of humility and fear.He has so ordained His kingdom, that the Psaltershould every day admonish us to remember that webear not the root, but that the root bears us ; lest,
 
being high-minded, we, like them, should be cut off.In the history of Israel there is, perhaps, nothing more striking than the spirit of praise whichbroke forth at solemn seasons from the whole people of God. They seem to move before us in aprocession of joy. " Then sang Moses and thechildren of Israel this song unto the Lord, andspake, saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for Hehath triumphed gloriously ; the horse and his riderhath He thrown into the sea. . . . And Miriam theprophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel inher hand : and all the women went out after her278 PRAISE. [SERM.with timbrels and with dances. And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the Lord, for He hathtriumphed gloriously ; the horse and his rider hathHe thrown into the sea." 1 Again : " So David wentand brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness.And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxenand fatlino-s. And David danced before the LordOwith all his might ; and David was girded with alinen ephod. So David and all the house of Israelbrought up the ark of the Lord with shouting,and with the sound of the trumpet." 2 " And Davidspake to the chief of the Levites to appoint theirbrethren to be the singers with instruments of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding,by lifting up the voice with joy. . . . And Davidwas clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all theLevites that bare the ark, and the singers, andChenaniah the master of the song with the singers :David also had upon him an ephod of linen.Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenantof the Lord with shouting, and with sound of thecornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals,making a noise with psalteries and harps." 3 Andagain : " It is well seen, O God, how Thou goest ;
 
1 Exod. xv. 1, 20, 21. 2 2 Sam. vi. 12-15.3 1 Chron. xv. 16, 27, 28.XV.] PRAISE. 279how Thou, my God and King, goest in the sanctuary. The singers go before, the minstrels followafter; in the midst are the damsels playing withthe timbrels." 1 " Ye shall have a song, as in thenight when a holy solemnity is kept ; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe tocome into the mountain of the Lord, to the mightyOne of Israel." 2This sets vividly before us a state of heart, atemper of love and thanksgiving, a filial and almostchildlike simplicity of grateful joy ; and in thisway it brings out, more clearly than any words,what is the full meaning of praise ; from whatsource it springs, and in what ways it is expressed.If we are to define it in words, we may say thatpraise is thankful, lowly, loving worship of thegoodness and majesty of God. And therefore weoften find the word praise joined with blessingand thanksgiving : but though all three are akinto each other, they are not all alike. They are stepsin a gradual scale a song of degrees. Thanksgiving runs up into blessing, and blessing ascends intopraise : for praise comprehends both, and is thehighest and most perfect work of all living spirits.Let us, then, see in what praise consists, whatare its elements, or rather from what source itflows.1 Ps. Ixviii. 24, 25. 2 Isaiah xxx. 29.230 PRAISE. [Serin.1. First, then, it arises from a consciousness of blessings already received. In one sense we maysay that all the promises of God are actual posses

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