Pastors and Preachers
The holiness of God appears in our restoration. It is in the glass of the gospel we ‘behold the glory of the Lord,’ 2 Cor. 3:18; that is, the glory of the Lord, into whose image we are changed; but we are changed into nothing as the image of God but into holiness. We bore not upon us by creation, nor by regeneration, the image of any other perfection. We. cannot be changed into his omnipotence, omniscience, &c., but into the image of his righteousness. This is the pleasing and glorious sight the gospel mirror darts in our eyes. The whole scene of redemption is nothing else but a discovery of judgment and righteousness: Isa. 1:27, ‘Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.’
God is a Spirit infinitely happy, therefore we must approach to him with cheerfulness; he is a Spirit of infinite majesty, therefore we must come before him with reverence; he is a Spirit infinitely high, therefore we must offer up our sacrifices with the deepest humility; he is a Spirit infinitely holy, therefore we must address with purity; he is a Spirit infinitely glorious, we must therefore acknowledge his excellency in all that we do, and in our measures contribute to his glory, by having the highest aims in his worship; he is a Spirit infinitely provoked by us, therefore we must offer up our worship in the name of a pacifying mediator and intercessor.
Q. What is it to glorify God, or wherein doth it consist? A. Glorifying of God consists in four things: 1st. Appreciation, 2d. Adoration, 3d. Affection, 4th. Subjection. This is the yearly rent we pay to the crown of heaven. 1. Appreciation. To glorify God, is to set God highest in our thoughts,—to have a venerable esteem of him: Ps. 92:8., “Thou, Lord, art most high for evermore;” Ps. 97:9., “Thou art exalted far above all gods.” There is in God all that may draw forth both wonder and delight; there is in him a constellation of all beauties; he is prima causa,—the original and spring-head of being, who sheds a glory upon the creature. This is to glorify God, when we are God-admirers; we admire God in his attributes, which are the glistering beams by which the divine nature shines forth; we admire him in his promises, which are the charter of free grace, and the spiritual cabi net where the pearl of price is hid; we admire God in the noble effects of his power and wisdom, viz. the making of the world, this is called the ‘work of his fingers,’ Ps. 8:3., such curious needle-work it was, that none but a God could work. This is to glorify God, to have God-admiring thoughts; we esteem him most excellent, and search for diamonds only in this rock.