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3. He is slow to anger, and great Vol. VII
. in power, and will not acquit the wicked. There is a day a coming, when the Son of man shall come in the
clouds of heaven, with
great glory. Secondly, The consideration of God's Omnipotence should check the Pride and vain Confidence of Men. What have we to be proud of? What have we that we have not received ? Where then is cause of boasting? Who may glory in his fight? . Those that have the greatest Power should remember whence it is derived, and render back the Glory of it to the Fountain of it. Psal.29.i.Give unto the Lord, Oye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength. So likewise it should take Men off from relying upon their own strength, which at the best is but an arm of flesh, as the Scripture calls it, for the weakness of it. Do we not see, that many times the battel is not to the strong ? That things are not done by might and by power, but by the spirit of the Lord. When he appears against the most potent, their hearts melt within them, and there is no more Spirit left in them, as 'tis faid of the mighty Inhabitants of Canaan, Josh. 5. 1.
Thirdly, We should make this OmVol VII.nipotence of God the Object of our
trust and confidence. This is the most proper use we can make of this Do. Etrine, as David does in this Psalm ; and this was used for a form of blessing the People in the Name of God; Pfal. 136. 3. The Lord that made heaven and earth, bleß thee. And David, when he magnifies God's deliverance of his People from the multitude of their Enemies, resolves it into this, Qur help standerth in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Thus did the great Pattern and Example of Faith incourage and support his confidence in God in a very difficult try, al; he staggered not at it, because he believed God who quickeneth the dead, and Galleth those things that be not as tho they were ; therefore against hope he believed in hope, &c. Rom. 4. 17. & C. This gives life to all our Devotion, to be perswaded, that God is able to do for us exceedingly above what we can ask or think, and thar bis is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory:
I fall only caution two things as to our relyance on the Power of
1. Labour to be such Persons to whom God hath promised that he will Vol. VII. engage and imploy his Omnipotence for their good. If we hope tor any good from the Almighty, we must walk before him and be perfect, as he said to Abrabam. Good Men have a peculiar interest in God's Power; hence he is called the strength of Israel, and the mighty one of Israel. If we do what God requires of us, we may expect that he will
put forth his Power, and exert his Arm for us; but if we disobey, we must expect he will manifest his Power against us, Ez. 8. 22. . When we do well, we may commit the keeping of our souls to him, 1 Pet. 4. 19.
II. Our expectations from the Om. nipotence of God must be with submiffion to his Pleasure, and Goodness, and Wisdom; we must not expect that God will manifest his Power, when we think there is occasion for it, but when it seems best to him; he will fo imploy his Omnipotence, as to manifest his Goodness and Wif, dom.
And with these two Cautions, we may rely upon him in all our Wants, both Spiritual and Temporal ; for his
Vol. vu. Divine Power can give us all things
that pertain to life and godliness; 2 Pet. 1. 3: We may trust him at all times
, for the Omnipotent God neither flumbereth nor seepeth, the Almighty fainteth not, neither is he weary ; trust ye in the Lord for ever, for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.
God is a Spirit, and they that worship
him, must worship him in Spirit and
Here are the words of our Sa.
viour to the Woman of Sama.
ria, who was speaking to him of the difference between the Samarifans and the Jews concerning Religion; d. 20. Our Fathers worshipped in this mountain, but ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men 'ought to wor. Ship. Christ tells her, The time was soming, when the worshippers of Godsbould peither be confined to that mountain,