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"With him my hand shall be establishd; and my saithsulness, and my mercy shall be with him." And verse 28. "My mercy will I keep for him for ever." Thus it is an everlasting meeting.
IV. The Fourth thing proposed, was, Why, or for what reasons they have met together, and kissed each other? Why have the persections of the glorious God conspired so harmoniously, and met together in such a sweet solemnity? Surely such a meeting as this, must have noble designs in view; and I will tell you these four reasons of the meeting, or four things that were to be concerted at this great-assembly.
1. They met together, to concert measures for advancing the glory of God to the highest. This parliament of heaven met together upon ways and means, for bringing in the greatest revenue of praise and glory to the crown of heaven, to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and all the glorious attributes of this great and eternal God. These glorious attributes conspired harmoniously to set forth and glorisy themselves most illustriously: they met together, and kissed one-another, that they might glorisy each other. The glory of God, was the sirst and lall end of the meeting. What is the chies end of man, but to glorisy God, and enjoy him for ever? And, O! what is the chies end of God! It is even to glorisy himself in all his persections, and to enjoy himself for ever. And how does God glorisy himself most brightly? It is even in Christ, the meetinging-place of these persections, with a view to our redemption, "To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved," Kph. i. 6. And how does he enjoy himself most sweetly? It is even in Christ, " Behold mine Elect, in whom my foul delighteth. I was daily his delight, says Christ, while my delight was with the sons of men," Prov. viii. 30.' They met together to put a crown of glory and honour upon each other. Adam's sin and rebellion, and your sin, man, woman, and my sin (O that Goddishonouring evil, sin!) it had pulled cff that crown of
glory, glory, as it were, from the head of the great King, eternal and immortal, and thrown it into the mire, and stained it with silth and pollution: but behold these attributes of God meet together to take up the crown, to rub off the dull and dung that sin had cast upon it, and to add some more sparkling jewels to it than ever, and set it upon the head of their Sovereign, to the highest praises of his Mercy, Juilice, Truth, Righteousness, Grace, Love, Holiness, Wisdom, and all his other excellencies; that men and angels might sing and say, "Glory to God in the higheil, peace on earth, and good-will towards men;" that all the saints might sing a concert in praise of the meeting betwixt Mercy and Truth, Justice and Peace, saying, as it is Psal. Ixxxix. 1-4.
Justice and judgment of thy throne,
Shall be the dwelling-place;
Shall go besore thy sace.
And that every saint might sing the sifty-seventh Psalm, and ninth and tenth verses.
I'll praise thee 'mong the people, Lord,
'Mong nations sing will I;
Thy truth doth reach the Iky.
They met together, to put a crown of glory upon the head of Christ, Heb. ii.o. in whom they met. This assembly did conveen for the coronation of the Son of God: For, " He having humbled himself, and become obedient unto death, even the death of the cross; God hath highly exalted him, and given him a name above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue mould consess that Jesus Christ is our Lord, to the glory of God the Father," Phil. ii. 8,-13. Christ hath glorisied the Father, and, theresore, the Father glorisied him: "And now is the Son of man glorisied, and God is glorisied in him; and is God be glorisied in him, God shall also glorisy him in himself," John xiii. 31,32. " Him that honoureth ine* I will honour," says God, 1 Sam. ii. 30. And in whom does this take place to persection? It is in Christ; God is honoured moll highly by him; and theresore, he is honoured most highly; Ames, lo let it be, and
f so shall it be.— A.nd theresore it is concerted in that meeting, that all the saints shall glorisy him; hence that royal edict comes forth, "He is.thy Lord, vvoi ship thou him," Psalm xlv. 11. And so we sind them doing, Rev. v. 9. "Thou art worthy to take the book, and
. open the seals; for thou wall stain, and hall redeemed us to God by thy blood." — It is concerted in that meeting, that all the angels should glorisy him; hence that edict comes forth, "Let all the angels of God worship him," Hb. i. 6. And so we sind them doing, Rev. v. 11, 12. "I heard the voice of many angels, and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying, with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was stain, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessings."—It is concerted in this meeting, that all the creatures in heaven and earth, Tea and land, shall glorisy him, as we see, verse 13. But lest the sinsul creatures upon earth, like you and ine, stiould not glorisy him, or see his glory, it is concerted in that glorious meeting, that the Holy Ghost, the eternal Spirit, one God, equal in power and glory with the Father and the Son, shall be sent down to the earth to glorisy him; "He shall glorisy me, for he shall receive 6f mine, and shew it unto you," John xvi. 14.—O! hath the Spirit of God been shewing any thing of Christ among you this day! any thing of his grace, sulness, and righteousness, so as to glorisy him, and make him glorious above all things to you: why then, we may reckon lhat you have found something of the saving fruits of this glorious meeting; for the grand design 9s it was to glorisy God in Christ, by the Spirit. They met to con. *ert all things relating to the glory of the Father, in the Son, by the Holy Ghost, They met to consult their
cvsra ©wn glory in Christ, that Mercy and Truth might be glorisied in him.
2. They met together to concert their proper work, in carrying on this great end, of the glory of God, and his persections. They do not meet together to sit idle, and do nothing; no, they meet together to concert each of them their proper business, as Christ said to his friends, " Wheresore was it that ye fought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" So may I say here, the attributes of God met together, that they may go about God's business. What business? What work belongs to each of them severally? Why, Mercy and Truth meet together, that they may be sent upon an embassy together; "God shall lend forth his mercy and his truth," Psalm lvii. 3.; his Mercy, to give in the promise of the gospel; and his Truth, to make out the same. Thus Mercy and Truth met together, that they may be sent forth upon some gracious expedition, particularly both to be leaders and followers, to the remnant whom God appointed unto lise. On the one hand, to be leaders; hence the psalmist cries, "O send-forth thy light and thy truth; let them lead me, and bring me to thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacle: then will I go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy." Behold the wondersul business of Mercy and Truth, and the work they are set out upon, even mercisully to lead blind souls to God in Christ.—On the other hand, it is to be not only leaders, but followers; "Surely goodness and mercy liall follow me all the days of my lise," Psalm xxiii. 6. If the child of God under any temptation, resuse to be led by Mercy and Truth, and give up with them as his leaders, yet for alj that, he shall not hinder them to be his followers: he may run out of God's way, but Mercy will follow and bring him back; and when Mercy follows, it is always in company with Truth. And, Q! what think ye of this wonder! Mercy and Truth meet together, that they might go forth together, like two pages, to follow you, believer, through all the steps of your wilderness journey; " Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my lise." Jlcre is a piece of work, that Mercy and Truth have met together for, even to be sent forth as leaders and followers of poor elect -sinners, till they be out of all hazard, in Immanuel's land, where glory dwells: See Psalm Ixi. 7. But then, as, Mercy and Truth have met together, to pursue their proper work; so, Righteousness and Peace have kissed each other, for pursuing of theirs. Well, say you, what is the work of Righteousness and Peace? You have a word in the lad verse of this Psalm, where our text lies, "Righteousness shall go besore him, and set us in the way of his steps." Divine Righteousness displaying itself in Christ Jesus, the Sun of righteousness, goes besore him, to prepare his way, and bring.us to God, and to our duty: and, to be sure, whenever Righteousness goes besore, Peace will follow after; for, "The fruit of righteousness is peace," whether it be imputed or implanted. Here then the work of Righteousness and Peace kissing each other, is to bring in these blessed effects in their order: we consider them as divine persections in the text, and in these effects, Righteousness leads the van, and Peace comes up with the rear.
3. These attributes conspire harmoniously, they meet together and kiss each other, for this reason, that by their meeting together, they may concert the dissolving of some unhappy meetings. These opposite-like attributes of God meet together, that some intimates may be separate, and sad and sinsul agreements may be broken up: there is a sad meeting and agreement we read of, Isa. xxviii. 15. " We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement." Why,, is. r.ot this the case of all men by nature? Yea: but how is this sad and miserable meeting dissolved r See verse 16. "Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone, a tried stpne, a precious corner-stone, a sure foundation. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet." Well, when Judgment and Righteousness mercisully meet in Christ, the sure Foundation, what will be the effect? It follows, verse 17,18. " The hail shall sweep away the resuges of lies, and your covenant with death shall be disanulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand.". Whatever sad aspect this