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God's Condescension

God's Condescension

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BY JOB ORTON


God's condescension in beholding the things in heaven
AND in earth. Psalm cxiii. 5, 6.
BY JOB ORTON


God's condescension in beholding the things in heaven
AND in earth. Psalm cxiii. 5, 6.

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GOD'S CODESCESIOBY JOB ORTOGod's condescension in beholding the things in heaven AD in earth. Psalm cxiii. 5, 6. Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high ; who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and in the earth ? It hath often and very justly been observed, that it is one great recommendation of the holy scriptures, that they express more justness of thought concerning the nature of God, than any other compositions whatever, they particularly resolve all events into his will and providence, which is the truest philoso- phy as well as the best divinity. They inform us, that God is our creator and preserver ; that the state and circumstances of every creature, and all events relating to them, are ordered and determined by him. Consequently, it becomes us to entertain  just ideas of him, to make those ideas familiar to our minds, and to set the Lord always before us. We have in the text one of the most grand, and at the same time amiable, representations of the blessed God, which is to be found in scripture. And I would entreat, my brethren, that you would pay a most serious attention to it, and manifest, even while I am discoursing upon it, how much your minds are affected with it. — I shall, I. Consider the view here given of the unequalled majesty and glory of God. And, II. Of his great and amazing condescension in his regards to his creatures. And then make some natural and useful re- flections upon the subject. I. I am to consider the view here given of the unequalled majesty and glory of God.
 
10 orton's practical works. ow here are two thoughts suggested to us — that he dwelleth on high — and that there is none like him. 1. He dwelleth on high. The margin renders it, " He exalteth himself to dwell," or maketh himself" high and sublime in his dwelling. We naturally annex the ideas of grandeur, magnifi- cence, and excellency to what is high above us. Hence princes are called " high," and addressed by the title of " highness." When they appear on their thrones, they are raised above others, to denote their dignity, state, and precedence. Hence God is spoken of as " the high God," " the most High," " the Highest," and the like. He is described as " seated on a throne high and lifted up," Tsa. vi. 1. As the heavens are high above us, he is said to have prepared his throne in the heavens ; to have fixed his seat on high, quite above this earth and all created glory. So in the verse before the the text, " the Lord is high above all nations and his glory above the heavens;" above these visible heavens; beyond the sun, moon, and stars, and higher than the thrones of angels, principalities, and powers. The residence of his glory is in the heavenly world. There he appears by some peculiar displays of his presence, clothed with honour and majesty; *' thousands of thousands stand before him ; ten thousand times ten thousand minister unto him." From thence he beholds the whole universe, reigneth over it ; and all creatures, and all worlds, are under his government and control. In short, we have the noblest description of this, in words admirably sublime and plain, yet not fully to be compre- hended even by an angelic mind, " He dwelleth in the high and holy place, and is the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity," Isa. Ivii. 15. The other thought suggested in the text is, 2. There is none hke him. " Who is like to the Lord our God?" which may either be an expression of the Psalmist's great admiration, or a challenge to the whole world to name any being equally great, glorious, wise, and good. There is none like him among the human race : none of the wise men,
 
the nobles, and princes of the earth. They are called " gods," but they are but " children of the most High." They are derived, dependent, dying creatures ; owe all their power and authority to him, who is " King of kings and Lord of lords, the blessed and only potentate." There is none like him among the gods of the earth. ot their idols ; for they are not equal to men. one of those beings or objects of worship which have a real existence ; for they are all produced, and can at any time be destroyed, by him. " Who then is so great a God as our God, the true God, the living God, the everlasting King?" — Among the saints in heaven, there is none like him. Glorious things are spoken of them ; but all their lustre is derived from him and they shine by iiis rays. The angels, though the top of the Dis. II.] god's condescension. 11 creation, and though they bear the nearest resemblance to the Father of lights, are not equal to him. They are all formed and supported by him, and derive all their knowledge, power, zeal, and happiness from him. " Who in the heavens can be com- pared to the Lord ? who among the children of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord ? " Ps. Ixxxix. 6. Such is the nature of the divine Being, that it is impossible any other being should be equal to him. It is impossible, in the nature of things, that there should be any more than one eternal, self-ex- istent being. We are likewise taught by scripture, as well as reason, to argue from his works, that there is none like him. o other being can produce such stupendous effects. So Moses addresseth him : " Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods ? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?" Exod. xv. 11. So David saith, " Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord, neither are there any works like unto thy works," Ps. Ixxxvi. 8. The operations of his providence, and especially his appearances for his church and people, prove his unequalled glory. " Thou hast done great things, O God; who is like unto thee?" Ps. Ixxi. 19. ay, the Lord himself appeals to his works, as a proof of his supreme, unequalled deity. " To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I

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