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SERM. “ is full of his glory." I should observe to w you here, that the word sabaoth is the He
brew word for hosts, and that it does not mean the Sabbath day, as perhaps it is generally thought, for though the two words are alike in sound, they are very different in sense.
The Almighty is frequently called by this name in the scriptures, God of sabaoth, or Lord of hosts or armies; and it signifies the sovereign of angels, archangels, and all the heavenly powers; of stars, planets, and all the various worlds which make up the universe; of good and virtuous men, whether before or since the times of Christianity; all these make up the army of the Lord, of which he is general and commander. “ The glorious company of the “ apostles praise thee; the goodly fellow"ship of the prophets praise thee; the “ noble army of martyrs (those who laid © down their lives for thy sake) praise ” thee.”
All these illustrious personages, as it SERM. was their employment and delight while on earth, in defiance of all dangers and sufferings, to assert thy glory and to perform thy will, so is it (now that they are freed from their labours and sorrows) their highest happiness to hymn thy praises. Thy church, likewise, throughout all the world, is, incessantly proclaiming and cele. brating thee, the Father of an infinite ma. jesty; and with thee, Jesus Christ, thine honourable, true, and only Son; and the other, the third person in the ever blessed Trinity, the Holy Ghost, our comforter, instructor, and supporter. We then return again to the praises of our redeemer: * Thou art the king of glory, Ó Christ; " thou art the everlasting son of the fa" ther: -thou wast the son of the Almighty from all eternity. "When thou " tookest" upon thee to deliver man" when thou undertookest to come down upon
SERM. earth, to free the humam race from sin and
the punishment due to it, “ thou didst not “ abhor the Virgin's womb;'thou didst not disdain to be born of the Virgin Mary. When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death, by willingly thyself submitting to it, thou tookest from it its chief sting, by opening widely the kingdom of heaven to alltrue believers. Thou art now exalted to the right hand of God, where thou sittest partaker of the father's glory, whence, we are convinced, that thou wilt descend, at the last day, to be our judge. On which account, we pray thee, assist thy servants in their passage through this sinful world, those servants to whom thou hast shewn so much love, as to redeem them with thy most precious blood: take them into the number of those saints, who sit with thee in everlasting glory. “O Lord, save thy “ people, and bless thine heritage;"—-bless those whom the father hath given thee, whom indeed thyself purchased with thy sERM. life. “ Govern them and lift them up for “ ever,”—and evermore support them. “ Day by day we magnify thee;”—we pay all honour to thy perfections, and let us take care that we may with truth affirm this. And we perpetually pay our devo. tions to thy holy name; vouchsafe therefore, condescend this day, to watch over us and keep us free from sin. “O Lord, have “ mercy upon us, have mercy upon us; O “ Lord, let thy mercy lighten, or fall, upon “ us, as our whole trust and confidence is “ in thee. O Lord, in thee have I trusted, " let me never be confounded, and subdued " by my spiritual enemies.” · The second lesson being ended, we recite the hundredth Psalm, which seems to come with peculiar propriety, after listening to a portion from the gospels. It particularly relates to the gospel times, as appears from its inviting all lands, or nations, to rejoice in * Vol. II.
SERM. the Lord, and to come before his presence w with songs, as it declares that we are all
equally his people, and the sheep of his pas-
As I explained each separate article of it in my discourses on the Catechism, I shall not at present dwell upon it, but merely observe, that the reason of our being ordered to repeat it is, that we may fix the more deeply in our minds the truths which are necessary to be believed, in order to our eternal happiness, and that we may bear open testimony of our agree. ing together in the unity of the faith.