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ARGUMENTS for the
Duty of SINGING,
Sing unto him, sing Pfalms unto
CHE Occasion of this Psalm
may be 'gather'd from
i Coron. XVI. 7. there we fid it was put into the hands of
Afaph and his Brethren by David: They had brought the Ark of God into its Resting-place, and then gave out themselves to the view of a long and quiet Settlement. We may observe this, that it was first admitted as a part of Worship
Serm.II. with the nearest regard to their
Vown Felicity, and afterwards em
body'd in the Collection of Pfalms, that it might be of universal Service. This, I think, is very clear under the Protection of this one Argument, viz. That the Song which we read entire in the Book of Chronicles, is broke and divided to make up several Parts of Psalms, that seein to be more unconfind and popular.
The beginning of it we meet with in this CVth Pfalm, what follows is difpos'd of into the XCVth ; one Verse lies often in our way, par. ticularly in the CXVIlth and CXXXVIth, and well it may, for it is the Summary of Praise; Give Thanks to God, for he is Good, for his Mercy endures for ever.
The concluding. Petition is the same with what you find in the CVith Pfalm; and the Doxology, the close of Joy, we meet with both here and in another Pfalm that is compos’d: with a direct view of that Mediator, who took upon
him the Seed of Abraham. The fame devotional Language which they
us'd at bringing home the Ark, Serm.II. serves an higher purpose, and is the breathing of Faith and Joy to hiin who was greater than the Temple. This will appear if you unite Psal. LXXII. 18, 19. in the same view with Pfal. CVI. 48. These things will vindicate our Application of an Old Testament Advice to these last days, in which God is Speaking to us by his Son. ?Tis true, there's the distance of a great maa ny Ages between the Time of such Exhortation and ours, upon whom the ends of the Earth are come; but it reaches us without any Decay or Wast of Argument, and I will dare to deliver it in those Terms to every one that's Partaker of the Heavenly Calling ; Arise, for the matter belong's unto thee.
This is the Design that I have in the choice of this Text, and that you had in directing me to a part of Service among you; I'm to establish the Truth and Obligation of a great Ordinance, and show what a rightful Claim it has upon those who would walk worthy of God unto all pleasing. SINGING
Serm.II. his Praise appears to be a Duty
from these four Springs of Argu-
I. It may be prov'd from that natural and common knowledg of things which God has beftow'd upon Mankind at large. Revelation produces it in a better Light; and strikes deeper into the Conscience ;- but yet the Duty it self is of a more diffufive kind, and takes the same Compass with human Reason. I will mention three things under this Head, which will fill up the Argument.
$. 1. 'Tis promoted by those Workis of Greatness and Mercy that lie open to an universal Remark.i David calls in the Heathen World
to bear a Part in this great ConPr.CXVII fort; Praise him all ye Nationsg.
praise bim all ye People. . ?Tis a
Let the People praise thee O God, Serm.II. let all the People praise thee. Thor
Pl.LXVII. the Mysterys of Redemption are unknown among 'em, so that they 4, S. cannot think of God's loving kind- Pfal. kefs in the midst of his Temple; yet XLVIII.9. Creation and Providence give 'em the Memorials of a Deity, and ' those inay touch their Joys in a fainter way: for according to God's Ver. 10. Name, so is his Praise to the Ends of the Earth, and his right Hand is full of Righteousness
. What may bé Rom.1.19, known of him is manifest in them, 20. for he has shown it to 'em; and the invisible things of him from the Créo ation of the World are clearly seen by the things that do appear, even his Eternal Romer and Godhead. This is so noble an Argument to the Work of Praise, that their Silence falls under a fevere Correction; they are said to be without Ver. 21. Excuse, because that when they knepo God, they glorify'd him not as God. :)
Nature taught the Heathens to sing the Praises of their Gods:
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