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BEAUTY OF HOLINESS IN THE COMMON PRAYER. SERMON I. Chronicles, xvi.
29.- Worshift the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness. Since the worship
of God is the greatest and most honourable employment of the
children of men, from which the meanest are not excluded, neither
are the greatest exempted; since the highest among men, even they
who sit on thrones, must bow down before the altars of the Most
High, and do never appear in so true glory in the eyes of God and
of men, as when, like those above, they fall down before the
throne, and cast their crowns before the throne; surely this
universal work or duty of man ought to be set off with the greatest
order and magnificence, with the beauty of holiness. When king
David left instruction to Solomon for building the temple, he gave
in charge, that it should be ceeding magnificat: and the reason
afterwards given is itself exceeding awful as well as just: for,
saith he, the place is not for man, but for the Lord God. As the
house of God, so the worship performed in it should in like manner
be exceeding mugnifical. For it is a work of a superior nature: it
is not a respect paid to our superiors; it is not an offering made
to our governors; it is not a homage done to our princes: No;
worship is not for man, but for the Lord God. Upon this account,
when God chose Israel for his peculiar people, we find that both in
the first framing of their worship by the hand of Moses, and
afterwards in the enlarging of ii by the hand of David, he left
nothing to the invention of man. For as the tabernacle, with all
the vessels of the ministry, was made according to the pattern God
shewed to Moses in the mount; so when David gave to Solomon the
pattern of the temple, to wit, of the porch, of the plact ol the
mercy seat, of t...
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