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Worshiping God in the Beauty of Holiness.

Worshiping God in the Beauty of Holiness.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
REV. PROF. ELEAZAR T. FITCH, D.D.


CHRONICLES XVI: 29 PSALMS XXIX: 2 XCVI : 9.
WORSHIP THE LORD IN THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS.
REV. PROF. ELEAZAR T. FITCH, D.D.


CHRONICLES XVI: 29 PSALMS XXIX: 2 XCVI : 9.
WORSHIP THE LORD IN THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS.

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WORSHIPIG GOD I THE BEAUTY OF HOLIESS.REV. PROF. ELEAZAR T. FITCH, D.D.CHROICLES XVI: 29 PSALMS XXIX: 2 XCVI : 9.WORSHIP THE LORD I THE BEAUTY OF HOLIESS.THE Psalmist thus gave utterance to the feelings of apious heart. In Jehovah, the God whom he worshiped,he saw a Being worthy of the religious homage of all.The joy he took in the honor of this infinite Being, in-spired the ardent desire to have others honor and serve himtoo ; and that desire was breathed forth in the imperativecall : " Worship the Lord."or was he indifferent to the kind of worship which menoffer, or the manner in which they pay their devotions toJehovah. The spirit and manner of their devotion, hecomprised in one word holiness the quality which char-acterizes the being and the ways of Jehovah himself,and which should characterize the persons and the offer-ings of his worshipers, if there is to be maintained, in therelation between the worshiped and the worshiping, theloveliness and beauty of unity and cordiality of feeling.For holiness is the crowning excellence of the InfiniteOne : which sets him up, as the pattern of supreme love-liness and the fount of supreme joy to his intelligent andmoral creation. Holiness, therefore, becometh the being,the presence, and the house of the Lord forever ; andthey, who enter his house and come into his presence topay him their offerings, must come with ' holiness to theLord ' inscribed on their thoughts and feelings, if theywould be appropriate and becoming in their devotionsif they would taste the loveliness and joy of pure andacceptable worship.The words of the Psalmist then present two thoughts,which claim our attention and obedient regard ;46354 Worshiping God in the Beauty of Holiness.
 
I. One, That we worship God; andII. The other, That our worship be characterized withthe lovely and acceptable spirit of holiness.I. There is an imperative duty, binding on us all, toworship God.Think for a moment on this great subject, and, in pres-ence of the great Jehovah, whose creatures you are, ask yourselves whether you are not held fast, by righteous andmost affecting obligations, to pay him supreme homage.There is a God in existence, an infinite Being, who presentshimself before you in the glories of a perfect character.Is he not, though unseen, ever present with all thoughunfelt, ever upholding all, and by his works makingknown to all his eternal power and godhead, passing be-fore all in the glories of his righteousness and goodnessand truth? Who then can be justified in confining hisviews to this world and his fellow-creatures ; as if therewere no God in existence, and as if these glories of hischaracter were all a blank and unmeaning void ? Whoshould not rather inquire diligently after him, and seek his presence, and bring him those offerings of reverenceand respect that are due to his glorious name ?Again : This glorious Being is our Creator and King.Has he not interested his infinite heart in your welfare,by giving you a rational and moral existence, capableof communion in his love? and established a providenceand moral government over you, to guide you to thesure and permanent sources of your happiness in him-self? In respect to his providence : his fatherly hand,though unseen, is constantly presenting to you its free andbounteous gifts to attract you to his love, or administeringto you the rod of necessary discipline to correct yourfaults. And shall you, in your constant dependence andwants, look alone to things in his creation for your sup-ply, in neglect of him, the ever living Fountain and Sourceof all ? Should not the constant care of his heart bringus rather to his presence with thankful acknowledgmentof his care and love, and with the offering to him, inreturn, of our most devoted service ? And in his moral
 
Worshiping God in the Beauty of Holiness. 355government : does not his voice, though unheard by theoutward ear, whisper in your conscience of a law of lovetowards him and your fellow-creatures, which he guardswith the authority of rewards and penalties? And doesnot that voice, once uttered aloud on Sinai, still prolong itsfearful tones through revelation, in the command, " Thoushalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thouserve?" Will you then dash all the hopes and joys of your existence against the penalties of his government, byrefusing him your homage, or will you reverence him asyour Sovereign, and seek in your devotion to him thehigh and everlasting rewards of submission and obedience ?But again : This glorious Being, our Creator andKing, being especially mindful of our deep necessities assinners, is now offering himself to our acceptance as aRedeemer and .Sanctifier. As a Redeemer, has he notdone much for you in your sins to call you back to hispresence? In the person of his Son, he has veiled thedazzling glories of the Godhead, that would consume uswith their overpowering terrors, and has come nigh in theform of humanity, to seek us in our guilt with the sym-pathies of his heart, and to stand between the penaltiesof Heavenly Justice and our souls, that the lightnings of vengeance, which he could sustain, might strike on hisperson and leave us safe and unharmed in the arms of hisforgiving mercy. And now, in the earthly sanctuary, heoffers himself as the refuge and hiding place of the guilty,who would in him obtain reconciliation with God andeternal inheritance in his love and kingdom. Will youthen withhold your hearts from the calls and offers of suchmercy, to brave alone the penalties of Heavenly wrath ?Or will you accept that mercy with all joy, and, with theofferings of penitence, thankfulness, devotedness, bowdown with heart-worship before the Lord your Redeemer?As a Sanctifier too, he meets you in the sanctuary of wor-ship, in the person of the Holy Spirit, who comes toenliven and bless with his presence the means of instruc-tion he has furnished, in his own inspired word, thesanctified talents of his living people and ministry, and356 Worshiping God in the Beauty of Holiness.

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