He is the Lord God, the great creator, the only proprietor, the absolute governor and disposer of all things ; therefore on this account we owe an awful observance to all his laws and injunctions. It is but fit and just that we should be subject to him that created us, and who hath infinite power, for our contumacies and rebellions, eternally to destroy us.
He is the Lord God, the great and glorious One, whose
kingdom is from everlasting to everlasting, and whose dominion
hath no bounds, either of time or place. " Behold,"
saith the prophet,
the nations are as a drop of a
bucket, and are counted but as the small dust of the balance
: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little
thing. All nations before him are as nothing ; and they
are counted to him less than nothing and vanity." Isa. 40 : 15, 17. His voice shakes the heavens, and removes
the earth out of its place. His way is in the whirlwind.
Storms and tempests are his harbingers ; and the clouds
are the dust of his feet. The mountains quake at his presence ; at his displeasure the hills melt away ; the
world and all the inhabitants of it are dissolved. His
fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown
down by him. His hand spans the heavens, and he holds
all the waters of the sea in the hollow of it. Heaven is the throne of his glory, and the earth his footstool : his pavilion round about him, dark waters and thick clouds
of the sky. Ten thousand times ten thousand glorious
spirits stand alway ministering before him : they fly on
his errands, and are ready to execute his sovereign will and pleasure.
" Who is like unto thee, O Lord, glorious
in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders, and
therefore, who would not fear thee, O King of nations ; and tremble and be astonished, when once thou art angry ?
Wilt thou then, O vile and wretched sinner, despise
the authority and majesty of the great God, before whom
all the powers of heaven and earth lie prostrate ? Darest
thou infringe his laws and violate his commands, who is so great and terrible a God that he can destroy thee by the very breath of his nostrils " By the breath of his
nostrils are they consumed." Job, 4:9. Yea, he can
look thee to death. " They perish at the rebuke of thy
countenance." Psalm 80 : 16. Art thou able to contend
with this God? Art thou a fit match for the Almighty? Can lay heart endure, or thy hands be strong in the day
when the Lord shall deal with thee, and come to recompense
vengeance upon thee for all thy transgressions? Who among you can dwell with the devouring fire ? who
among you can dwell with everlasting burnings?
Certainly, did we but frequently thus overawe our
hearts with the serious consideration of the dread majesty
and supreme authority of the great God, we should not
dare so presumptuously to provoke him as we do. Fear
is a most excellent preservative from sin, and a strong
fence that God hath set about his law to keep us from
breaking those bounds which he hath prescribed us. Therefore the wise' man gives us this advice, Eccl. 12 : 13,
"Fear God and keep his commandments;" and the
Psalmist, Ps. 4 : 4, " Stand in awe and sin not."
Ezekiel Hopkins, preface to the commandments, pages 52-53
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan