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The Duty of Praise


Then they were glad because they were quiet,
So He guided them to their desired haven.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!

—Psalm 107:30–31


Numberless marks does man bear in his soul, that he is fallen and estranged from God. But nothing gives a greater proof thereof, than that backwardness, which every one finds within himself, to the duty of praise and thanksgiving.

When God placed the first man in paradise, his soul no doubt was so filled with a sense of the riches of the divine love, that he was continually employing that breath of life, which the Almighty had not long before breathed into him, in blessing and magnifying that all-bountiful, all gracious God, in whom he lived, moved and had his being.

And the brightest idea we can form of the angelical hierarchy above and the spirits of just men made perfect, is, that they are continually standing round the throne of God and cease not day and night, saying, ’Worthy art thou, O Lamb that was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and blessing’ [Revelation 5:12].

That then, which was man’s perfection when time first began and will be his employment when death is swallowed up in victory and time shall be no more, without controversy, is part of our perfection and ought to be our frequent exercise on earth. And I doubt not but those blessed spirits, who are sent forth to minister to them who shall be heirs of salvation, often stand astonished when they encamp around us, or find our hearts so rarely enlarged and our mouths so seldom opened, to show forth the loving-kindness of the Lord, or to speak of all his praise.

Matter for praise and adoration can never be wanting to creatures redeemed by the blood of the Son of God and who have such continual scenes of his infinite goodness presented to their view, that were their souls duly affected with a sense of his universal love, they could not but be continually calling on heaven and earth, men and angels, to join with them in praising and blessing that ’high and lofty one, who inhabiteth eternity, who maketh his sun to shine on the evil and on the good’, and daily pours down his blessings on the whole race of mankind.

—George Whitefield, “Thankfulness for Mercies Received, a Necessary Duty” in Lee Gatiss (Ed.), The Sermons of George Whitefield (Crossway, 2012), 1:139–140.

Posted 2018·11·15 by David Kjos
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