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The Character of God.

The Character of God.

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Exod. XV. 11. Who is like unto thee^ Lord, among the gods ?
who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing
wonders P

Exod. XV. 11. Who is like unto thee^ Lord, among the gods ?
who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing
wonders P

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THE CHARACTER OF GOD. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M.A. Exod. XV. 11. Who is like unto thee^ Lord, among the gods ? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders P EXALTED favours may well be repaid in devout acknowledgments: they are the least returns that we can make to our heavenly Benefactor : and so rea- sonable is this tribute, that persons who are far enough removed from solid piety, will, under a sense of recent obligations, often cordially unite in paying it to the God of their salvation. The hymn before us was composed by Moses, on occasion of the deliverance vouchsafed to Israel at the Red Sea : and it was sung by all the Israelites, probably by the men and women in an alternate and responsive man- mer, Miriam leading the women, and, together with them, accompanying the song with timbrels and dances \ It is the most ancient composition of the kind, that is extant in the world. The two first verses are a kind of preface, declaring the occasion^ and the inspired penman's determination to celebrate it''. The mercy then is stated in a most animated manner ; and afterwards, its effects, both immediate and remote, are circumstantially predicted. But, between the statement of the mercy and its effects, is introduced an apostrophe, addressed to the Deity himseltj * ver, 20, 21. '' Somewhat like that in Ps. xlv. 1. 316 EXODUS, XV. 11. [60. himself, and ascribing to him the glory due unto his
name. To this portion of the hymn we would now direct your more particular attention. It declares that God is, I. To be admired for his holiness — God is essentially and supremely holy — [He is not only called, by way of eminence, ^' The Holy One," but this attribute is said exclusively to belong to him j " Thou only art holy." As for the gods of the heathen, many of them were no other than deified monsters, patrons of lewdness, of theft, of drunkenness, and every kind of iniquity : and among the rest there was not found even the smallest semblance of real universal holiness. Well therefore might the challenge be made in reference to this, '^ Who among the gods is like unto thee, O Lord ?" This attribute is, in fact, the crown of all the other attributes of the Deity ; for, without it, no other perfection could be either amiable in itself or worthy of the supreme Being. But, without entering into the general view of this subject, we need only look at the ^' wonders done" on this occasion ; and there we shall see a display of this attribute in its most striking colours. Behold his indignation against sin, how it burned against the oppressors of his people, and the contemners of his authority ! The very elements themselves were made to rise against the proud associates in iniquity, and to execute upon them the venge- ance they deserved ] For this he is greatly to be admired and glorified — [o other perfection more attracts the attention of all the glorified saints and angels in heaven, than this'^. And, notwith- standing it is hateful and terrific to impenitent sinners, it is an object of the highest admiration amongst those who have learned to appreciate it aright. David was altogether enraptured with it^; and every real saint will *' give thanks at the remembrance ofit«" .] Whilst he is thus admired for his unspotted holi- ness, he is also,
II. To be feared for his power — God is a God of unrivalled power — [The gods of the heathen cannot hear, or see, or move*: but the power of Jehovah is infinite. What less than omnipo- tence could have performed the " wonders," which are here cele- brated ? See how easily the expectations of his enemies were disappointed, •= Compare Isai. vi. 3. with Rev. iv. 8. ' Ps. xcix. 3, 5, g. * See an animated description of their imbecility, Jer. x. 3 — 7. 60.] THE CHARACTER OF GOD. 31/ disappointed, and their bloody purposes were frustrated, by one blast of his displeasure^! ] For this he is greatly to be feared — [For this exercise of his power indeed he was praised ; as well he might be, for such a merciful and complete deliverance. But it may truly be said, that he is " fearful in praises^:" for this display of his power clearly shews, that " it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." Accordingly we find, that the inspired writers generally make this improvement of God's omnipotence, and suggest it as a motive to reverence his majesty, to regard his will, and to tremble at his displea- sure ^ ] We may learn from hence,

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