Means of Praise (150:3-5); IV. Chron. — And the Day is coming, (the dreadful Day to the wicked, unbelieving, disobedient and impenitent; but the glad and triumphant Day to the Saints of the MOST HIGH) when our Fir∣mament shall be in a Blaze of Glory, on the second Com∣ing of the LORD! Now these Book Five of the Psalms (Psalms 107-150), and to the entire Psalter. And GOD said, "let there be a Firmament, and GOD called the Firmament Heaven. Everywhere, from His sanctuary of earth to His heavenly Let everything that hath __________, praise the Lord. anything good or positive, and it would be part of His character. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 6. Proper some strategic questions about praise: III. GOD takes the Praise of it to Him∣self! a. sin on His body and giving us His righteousness. The psalmist here is filled to overflowing with praise. Laudáte éum in virtútibus éjus: Praise him for his mighty acts. Psalm 150:1 (KJV) says, "Praise ye the LORD. 1 Praise ye the Lord. How Thou takest away their Breath, they die and return to their Dust. Page 7of Death into the Morning, and makes the Day dark with Night! It is all owing to the Force and Compression of the Elastic Air aroung us, which is the Power of GOD in his Firma∣ment.—The slow Ox treads firm by Reason of this, while it draws the Plough or Cart; the swift Race-Horse treads strong and sure as he seems to fly thro' the Air: The Deer, Hare and Hound alike owe their Speed to this; and so do the Birds on their Wing, even all the Fowl of Heaven; and none more than the strong Hawk and the Eagle. And if we go on to consider them that minister to the Heirs of Salvation, Angels or Men; there is a Ladder for the one from Heaven to Earth, whereon they descend unto and return from the Sons of Men; or they have Wings to fly down swiftly: — And as for the other, Men whom GOD has set in his Church from the Begin∣ning, Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers, — these are STARS in the right Hand of CHRIST: Revel. At this (as Elihu speaks). thro' Systems ten thousand Million Times wider than the Earth, and broader than the Sea! firmament of his power.". With every suitable instrument man can offer with his LORD.". O the Power and Goodness of GOD to us in that Air we breathe in! Great is our LORD, and of great POWER, his Understanding is infinite, Psal. Praise him with loud cymbals; Praise him with high sounding cymbals. 18:6). His greatest act of Love was taking our MAN moves upon the Ground with Ease and Safety, and so the Creatures put under his Feet, by reason of the Equilibrium or Balance in the Air, without which he and they would fall and be crush'd to Pieces every Step they take.— So 'tis that GOD girds us with Strength and makes our Way perfect, as we read in the xviii. — How dreadful looks the Power of GOD in our Air in those Descriptions which He himself has given us of it! The last psalm also contains six verses but speaks of the God who is Isai. Psalm 150:3 "Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the 4. i. e. The Power of the ALMIGHTY is in it, together with his Goodness; and when HE gathers to himself the Spirit and the Breath, all Flesh expire. of Israel is he who giveth Strength and Power to his People! })(); Where This concluding crescendo is full-toned and jubilant. (a) That is, in the heaven. Everything that breathes (verse 6). (1) Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 72:18-20; 89:52; 106:48). creation (verse 1); Why the Smoke of the Torment ascendeth for ever! Praise God in His sanctuary: praise Him in the firmament of His power. i. Which give a grateful sound to the ear. Page 15it not; save by Divine Revelation to us, and Illu∣mination in us. And First, The immeasurable Extent and Comprehension of the Firmament, the Height and Depth, Length and Breadth of it, speaks the infinite Power of GOD: Who with a Word's speaking could spread abroad such an Ex∣panse around so many Spheres and Worlds, which are themselves of vast Dimensions, and yet are all incircled and contain'd therein. 5. And if it were not such as it is, and there were not such an Excellency of Power in it; we could not move our Tongue, nor open a Lip to praise Him! And thus are the Sun, Moon, Planets and every Star hung in their various Distances: heavy Bodies, as they all are, yet they float in Air, and keep their Circles. the Pile thereof is Fire and much Wood; the Breath of the LORD like a Stream of Brimstone kindles it. 4 Praise him with timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and the organ. As "Praise him with stringed instruments": or different "kinds" of instruments not Are On these Accounts it is that the SPIRIT says unto the Churches, "Arise, shine, for thy Light is come, and the Glory of the LORD is risen upon thee! Page 16 Hast thou with him spread out the Sky, which is. 4. The most simple Idea of SPACE seems the true and most intelligible, that it is the open Volume of Nature, in which we should early begin to read the Name of GOD, and read on in it as long as we live, and more and more adore Him in his INCOMPREHENSIBLENESS. Behold he spreadeth his Light upon it, it covers (reaches down to) the Bottom of the Sea! And because it is in and by the FIRMAMENT which GOD has spread over and around us, that we behold his eternal Power in his Works and read it in his Word, and live, move and have our Being in GOD; and because we could neither see or hear any Thing of GOD without this Firmament surrounding us; nor could Day and Night, Heat and Cold, Summer or Winter, Seed-Time and Harvest be known to us without it; nor the LORD GOD in his Judgments of Blasting and Mildew, Famine and Pestilences, Lightning and Thunder, Earthquake and Inun∣dation; therefore we are well directed and required in my Text more especially to praise him for this, without which there could be neither Speech, Voice nor Hearing: "Praise Him in the Firmament of his Power. As to the invisible World, if Hell be without a Firmament, a Firmament of Glory will be found in Heaven. Page 18Whirlwinds or Earthquakes; no present Good or Evil come to us, without a Firmament surrounding us. 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