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On Family Worship.

On Family Worship.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. THEODORE DEHON, D. D.


Job i. 5.

And it was so, when the days of their Jeasting were gone about,
that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the
morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number
of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned^
and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually »
BY REV. THEODORE DEHON, D. D.


Job i. 5.

And it was so, when the days of their Jeasting were gone about,
that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the
morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number
of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned^
and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually »

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O FAMILY WORSHIP. BY REV. THEODORE DEHO, D. D.Job i. 5. And it was so, when the days of their Jeasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned^ and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually » Of the person here spoken of it is recorded, by the Spirit of God, that he was ** a perfect man ^." And in nothing which we know of him, is his excellence more interesting, than in the picture of it which these words exhibit. " There were born unto Job, seven sons and three daughters \" It is in the height of prosperity and happiness, that he and his family, in the beginning of this book, are presented to our view. They lived in the enjoyment of the delights of life ; happy in their abundance, and blessed with a felicity of domestic intercourse, which has rarely, if ever, been exceeded. "And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day ; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them^" It is in the midst of this cheerful and prosperous life, that the father of the family recol- » Job n. 3. " Ibid. i. 2. * Ibid. ver. 4. O FAMILY WORSHIP. 453 lects their dependence upon God, for all their bless^ ings, and that in the lapse of the day his children may have sinned; and assembling them together, presents them before God, to supplicate in proper
 
acts of devotion forgiveness, and a continuance of His mercies. ** And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt-offerings according to the number of them all : for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually." And is there a parent, who has not reason every evening, to fear that his chil- dren may have sinned ? Is there a household who have not occasion, every morning, to acknowledge, and to seek the mercy of God ? Picture to your- selves this holy man, gathering statedly his family around him, to sanctify them with devotion, and engage them with himself in offering homage and adoration to their gracious benefactor : and you may wonder, that Family Worship, so interesting, so lovely, is so generally neglected. Picture to yourselves the pleasures and the benefits, which must have redounded to this household, from this pious care of their head, and you may wonder, that every [parent does not do thus ; that he does not thus do, " continually." I have brought this picture to your notice, bre- thren, to engage your attention to a discourse upon Family Worship: a business which is too certainly neglected among us, more than it ought to be ; and with the performance of which are undoubtedly connected peculiar, and very great advantages. Were that attention to it restored, which has been a prominent feature in the character of every pious age, and pious people, it would strengthen your 454 O FAMILY WORSHIP. Church, and bless yoUr families: and you would have a larger experience of the peace which they
 
have, who love God's law^. It is in the desire, and I would I could say, the hope of this, that I would set before you some of the considerations, which recommend Family Worship to your observance : and offer to you some directions for the most plea- sant and useful performance of it. I am first to set before you, considerations which recommend Family Worship : and these shall be drawn from its respect to the Deity ; from its effect upon families in their collective capacity ; and from its uses to individuals who compose them. With respect to the Deity, it is due to Him, and it is pleasant to Him. Man is to worship his Maker in all the capacities and relations in which his Maker places him. As an individual he offers to Him his private devotions. Communities, as such, bring to Him in public worship their gratitude and their prayers. And families living under the same roof, affected by the sins, interested in the wants, and blessed in the felicities of each other, owe a family sacrifice to the God of mercy, and Giver of their common safety and joys. If any where Almighty God may come, expecting justly a social homage from His children, it is to our houses in the morn- ing : when, while the shades of night encompassed our dwellings, and our strength and powers were lost in the helplessness of sleep, we have been pro- tected by Him, and refreshed amidst we know not how many unseen dangers, and have risen ; — while many have sunk into that dread sleep, from which they shall not awake till the heavens are no more ;  — have risen in safety to the light and beauties, the ^ Ps. cxix. 165. O FAMILY WORSHIP. , 455

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