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putting “ all things in subjection under his feet.” “O Lord, how manifold are thy works !-in wisdom hast Thou made them all—the earth is full of thy riches ! So is the great and wide sea also, wherein are things creeping innumerable!”
Wilful insensibility to these multiplied and perpetual proofs of the existence and perfections of one Supreme Lord constituted the guilt with which St. Paul upbraids the Gentile world. “ His eternal power” and invisible “ Godhead” might have been “ clearly seen” and fully “ understood by the things that are made :" but through vanity of mind, and licentiousness of manners, “ their foolish heart was darkened,” and “ as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge," they were abandoned to the idolatry of a besotted imagination, and the depravity of a corrupted heart.
Read then, and learn, in the sublime volume of Nature, as well as in the sacred volume of Grace, the unlimited power, the perfect wisdom, the inexhaustible goodness, of that FATHER, the God of the spirits of all flesh, whose presence no mortal can approach, whose mode of existence no human intellect can comprehend, whose
form no living thing can discern,-“ save He which is of God;" for “ He," and He only, “ hath seen the Father.” Say not to his priests or to his prophets, say not to the stewards of his mysteries, “ show us the Father.” Behold Him in every image that strikes the eye ; hear Him in every sound that vibrates on the ear; “ feel after Him, and find Him,” in every object of every sense. He lives and moves, He speaks and acts, throughout the boundless Universe :He walks the wide circumference of Earth; He traverses the unfathomed depths of Ocean; He fills the immeasurable vault of Heaven.- No nook so narrow as to exclude Him,-no space so vast as to contain Him.
“ All thy works praise Thee, O Lord !”— They “ show us the Father!" Then let “ thy saints give thanks unto Thee!" But how shall we praise the Creator as we ought ? Language is too poor and meagre to clothe our conceptions; our conceptions are too crude and contracted to shadow out the faintest resemblance of His majesty. And, if no terms can be found to “express the noble acts of the Lord” in the formation and preservation of the world, how
shall we show forth all his praise ?” How
shall imagination paint his inestimable love in its redemption ?-redemption by the humiliation and death of that mysterious “ WORD, who was, in the beginning, with God ?” If our hearts are excited to awful admiration, and warmed to filial gratitude, by the contemplation of the wonders of creation, and the blessings of this life, what emotions should be kindled within us by the bright prospect, the glowing hope, the confirmed assurance, of a resurrection unto life eternal-an inheritance undefiled, and that fadeth not away, through the Son of the LIVING GOD !—Alas! we are utterly incompetent to the great, the noble work : we have not the means, the faculties, the affections ; — words, ideas, sensations, fail us. Yet, though we cannot praise the FATHER worthily with our lips, let us daily strive to praise Him acceptably in our lives. Weak and unprofitable though we are, let us devote ourselves solely to his service, and walk before Him in righteousness and holiness, diligently performing our allotted task, while passing through this school of discipline and instruction, in which, though so little is to be learned to perfection, much difficulty is to be combated, and much evil subdued ; • till
we come at last, in the unity of the Faith, and in the knowledge of the Son of God, to the perfect man,—to the measure of the stature of the fulness of CHRIST.”
GOD DISPLAYED IN THE PERSON OF HIS SON,
JOHN, CHAP. XIV. VER. 9.
“Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you,
and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father ?”
PERHAPS the bulk of this congregation were present on the morning of the last sabbath, when this subject was discussed, and may recollect the explanation which was then given of this interesting dialogue between our Saviour and his apostles, Thomas and Philip. I subsequently referred to that magnificent book of creation, that open and capacious volume of nature and providence, which affords the first and most striking proof of the existence of a Supreme Governor; and which in all ages, and among all people, has