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and call for the tribute of constant thankfulnefs. He created the sun, and ordained it to dispense every earthly blefling, that it might be a lively picture of the true light, who communicates fpiritual life, with all its comforts. While the believer looks upon the most glorious Immanuel in this view, and has a warm sense of his obligations to him, how sweet is the exercife of faith! He finds the courts of the Lord to have fome of the bleffedness of the palace itfelf. Such they were to him, who said, “ Blefied
are they that dwell in thy courts, they « wilt be ftill praising thee.
Selah." They will be fill acknowleging their debt in pfalms and hymns and fpiritual songs : Which is the very employment of the saints round the throne, and which is the divine ordinance to express our communion with them, and to bring us a forecast of their happiness.
From this paffage in Chronicles we fee the use of the pfalms in the old testament, and for what end they were then fung in the church. It was to remind believers of the wonderful person and of the divine works of the incarnate Jehovah, that they
might admire his matchless beauty, and adore him for his moft precious love. With happy and thankful hearts they
used daily to sing of him in the temple fervice. The concert will never be excelled upon this earth, and the effect which accompanied it will only be equalled in heaven. The subject--the number of voices and instruments the excellence of the music and of the performance-and the divine approbation which crowned the whole, by a miracle confirming the faith and strengthening the hopes of the congregation, these are most nobly described in 2 Chron. v. 11, 12, &c. Solo mon had finished the temple, and had brought the ark of the covenant into the holy of holies : “ And it came to pass, .66 when the priests were come out of the
holy place: For all the priests that " were present were fanctified, and did “ not then wait by course : Also the Le“ vites who were the singers, all of them " of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, " with their fons and their brethren, be« ing arayed in white linnen, having “ cymbals, and psalteries, and harps, “ stood at the east end of the altar, and 66 with them an hundred and twenty
priests founding with trumpets: It “ came even to pass, as the trumpeters " and singers were as one, to make one « found to be heard in praising and
thanking the Lord. And when they
« lift up their voice with the trumpets “ and cymbals, and instruments of mu“ fic, and praised the Lord, saying, For “ he is good, for his mercy endureth for
ever: That then the house was filled " with a cloud, even the house of the :66 Lord : So that the priests could not “ stand to minister by reason of the cloud: " For the glory of the Lord had filled 66 the house of God.". All, Ifrael met upon this occasion, a very great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath, runto the river of Egypt. They came to the dedication of the temple, knowing that it was a type of the body of Christ, and prefigured his coming from heaven to dwell with men on the earth. The filling the temple with glory was to teach them that a person in Jehovah was to tabernacle in the manhood of Christ. In him the fulness of the Godhead was to dwell bodily, and out of his fulness they fhould receive grace for 'grace. .
While they were looking forward with joyful hope, and singing the praises of this most blessed event, the Lord gave them a sensible proof, that he would come and inhabit the temple of his body; and would also come and dwell in their hearts by faith. Once in the end of the world God was manifest in the Aeth, but in
every age he has visited his people with his presence, and blessed them with his love, while they have been with thankfut hearts ascribing to him all the glory of their salvation. When he has thus difposed them to give him the honor due unto his name, then he has brought them into a proper temper to receive the greatest communications of his grace. For the moft high and holy one that inhabiteth eternity vouchsafes to dwell in the humble and contrite heart. The King of Kings admits the meek and lowly to the nearest approach, yea to the most intimate familiarity with him. The highest resides with the lowest. With them the almighty sovereign keeps his court, according to his promise-masis I will dwell “ with you, and will walk among you, " and I will be your God, and ye shall “ be my people.” When he smiles upon them with his reconciled countenance, and excites in them holy love and humble adoration : O what an happiness is it to behold the king in his beauty, even here by faith. The soul thus enamoured with him will find it a most delightful employment to sing his praises, and cannot help breaking out into psalms and hymns of thankfulness. These are the appointed means of teftifying its sacred joy. In
them the saints above have their heavenly exercise, and the saints below have often in the use of the same means a fortast of the glory to be revealed.
When Zerubbabel and his brethren began to rebuild the temple after the capti-, vity, the work was entered upon with singing psalms. “And when the builders “ laid the foundation of the temple of “ the Lord, they fer the priests in their " apparel with trumpets, and the Levites “ the fons of Asaph with cymbals, to “ praise the Lord, after the ordinance of “ David king of Israel ; and they sang “ together by course, in praising and give
ing thanks unto the Lord : Because he 4 is good : For his mercy endureth for
ever towards Ifrael.” Ezra iii. 10, 11, The words to praise, and to give thanks are the same, as in the forecited place in Chronicles, and applied to the fame person, even to the desire of all nations, who was to come and fill the second temple with his glory.-" The glory of this latter “ house shall be greater than of the former, " faith the Lord of hosts :" Hag. ii. 7. which was really accomplished, when the word was made fesh and dwelt among us. Then the Lord came, to his temple, and his disciples faw his glory, the glory as