An Exposition of the Last Psalme
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A N E X P O S O F T H E P S A L M E .
D E L I V E R E D P R E A C H E Crosse the fifth of Nouember 1613. Which I haue io ned to the Festiuals
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A T L O N D O N Imprinted by FE L I X K, forY N G S T O N William Aspley.1615.
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LL the Psalmes ofDauidare comprised in two words,aHalleluiah, and Hosanna, that is, blessed be God, and God blesse; as being for the greater part either praiers vnto God for receiuing mercies, or else praises vnto God for escaping miseries. This our present Hymne placed as a bConclusion of the whole booke; yea, the beginning, middle, end, to which all the rest (ascMusculusobserueth are to be referred) inuiteth vs in prescript and postscript, in title, in text, in euery verse, and in euery Clause of euery verse topraise the Lord. Teaching these two points especially: 21..  FWoitr hw whhatatGod is to be magnified.
ByIO H N , DoctBorO Y S of Diuinitie.
DEDICATED VNTO MY HONORABLE friend and most respected kinsman SirWilliam Monins Baronet.
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PSALME150. O praise God in his holinesse, &c.
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For what, vers. 1, 2.O praise God in his holinesse, praise him in the firmament of his power, praise him in his noble acts, praise him according to his excellent greatnesse. With what, euen with all that is Without vs, vers. 3. 4. 5.Praise him in the sound of the trumpet, &c. Within vs, vers. 6.Omnis spiritus, &c.Let euery spirit praise the Lord, praise yee the Lord. This in briefe is the whole textsEpitomie, I come now to the wordsAnotomie, cutting vp euery part and particle seuerally, beginning first at the first,O praise God in his holinesse. Of which one sentence the Doctors haue many (though not aduerse yet diuerse) readings, especially three:Praise God in his Saints, praise God in his sanctitie, praise God in his sanctuarie.S. Hierome,Augustine,Prosper, anddother as well ancient interpreters as moderne translate here praise God in hisSaints. For if he must be praised in all his creatures, how much more in his new creatures? if in the witlesse wormes, and senselesse vapours, Psal. 148, much more doubtlesse (asTheodorithere collects) in men, in holie men, inSaints, vpon whom hee hath out of his evnsearchable riches of mercie, bestowed the blessings of theflife present; and of that which is to come. First, almightie God is to be blessed for giuing his Saints such eminent gifts of grace for the good of his Church, and for the setting foorth of his glorie. SoChrysostome,Basil, Euthymius,Prosper,Placidus,Parmensisexpound it. gEuery good and perfit gift is from aboue, descending from the father of lights, a good thought in a saint isgratia infusa, a good word in a saint isgratia effusa, a good deed in a saint isgratia diffusathrough his grace which is the God of, hall grace, saints areiwhatsoeuer they are. Wherefore praise the Lord in his Saints, often remember their vertues as their truereliques, and as it were bequeathedklegaciesvnto Gods people. So the wise man, Ecclesiasticus 44.Let vs now commend the famous men in old time, by whom the Lord hath gotten great glorie, let the people speake of their wisdome, and the congregation of their praise.So the Confession ofBohemia, chap. 17.lWee teach that the Saints are worshipped truly, when the people on certaine daies at a time appointed, doe come together to the seruice of God, and doe call to minde and meditate vpon his benefits bestowed vpon holie men, and through them vpon his Church, &c. And for as much as it is kindly to consider, opus diei in die suo, the worke of the daymin the same day it was wrought; it is well ordered by the Church of England, that the most illustrious and remarkable qualities of the saints are celebrated vpon their proper festiuals, that on S. Stephensday, we may learne by S.Stephensexample to loue our enemies: on S.Matthewesday, to forsake the world and to follow Christ: on S.Iohn the Ba tisthis da , to
aGueuara. bLyra in loc. c In loc.
dChrysost. Basil. Euthym. Arabs apud Muscul. Lyra. Hugo Card. Turrecremat. Anonymus. eEphes. 3. 8.16. f1. Tim. 4. 8.
gIames 1. 17. h1. Pet. 5. 10. i1. Cor. 15. 10. kEuseb. Emisen. hom. de S. Maximo. lSee Harmon. confess. sect. 16. pag. 486. mMaior præsat. in Psal. 22. nOwin epigram  . lib. 3. oSer. on Christmas day preached at Bexterly, & ser. on S. Stephens day at Grimstorpe.
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           speake the truth constantly, and to suffer for the same patiently. Thus in stedfastnes of faith and godlinesse of life (non legere modò sed degere sanctorum vitas, asnone wittily) to bee followers of them as they were followers of Christ; is (asoblessedLatymerwas wont to say) the right worshipping of Saints, and of God in his Saints. Againe, for as much as there is acommunion of Saints, as we cõfesse in the Creed, a knot of fellowship betweene the dead Saints and the liuing; it is our dutie to praise God for their good in particular, as theyppray to God for our good in generall. It is required on our part I say, to giue God most humble thanks for translating thout of thisqvalley of teares into Hierusalem aboue, where they berclothed with long white robes, hauing palmes in their hands, andscrownes of gold on their heads, euer liuing in that happie kingdome without either dying or crying, Apocal. 21. 4. and this also (in the iudgment ofAugustine,Hierome,Hugo,Raynerius,and other) is topraise God in his Saints. These reasons are the grounds of certaineholy daies established in England by law, namely to blesse God for his Saints eminent grace while they were liuing, and exceeding glorie now they be dead. Wherein our Church ascribes not any diuine worship to the Saints, but all due praise to the sanctifier: in celebrating their memorie (saithAugustine) we neither adore their honour, nor implore their helpe: but (according to the tenour of our text) wee praise him alone, twho made them both men and martyrs. In the words of uHierometoRiparius:Honoramus reliquias martyrum, vt eum cuius sunt martyres adoremus: honoramus seruos, vt honor seruorum redundet ad dominum:If thou desire to doe right vnto the Saints, esteeme them as paternes, and not as patrones of thy life; honour them only so farre,xthat thou maist alway praise God in them, and praise them in God. The gunpowder men erre very much in this one kinde of honouring God, for either they worshiphis Saintsas himselfe, or else their owne saintlings, and nothis Saints. In praying to the dead, in mingling the blood of their martyrs with the precious blood of their Maker, in applying their merits, and relying vpon their mercies; it is plaine that they make the Saints (asMelancthontels them in hisyApologie for the Confession ofAuspurge) quartermasters with God, and halfe mediatours with Christ, I say ioynt mediatours not of incercession only but ofzredemption also. Nay they make the blessed Virgin vpon the poynt their onlymediatrixand aduocateand so they say. They sing in their, so they sing, publique seruice,aaMaria mater gratiæ, mater misericordiæ, &c. the which is Gods owne stile, 1. Pet. 1. 10. & 2. Cor. 1. 3. so they likewise say,Maria consolatio infirmorum, redemptio captiuorum, liberatio damnatorum, salus vniuersorum. abGiselbertus in lib. altercationis Synagogæ et ecclesiæ, cap. 20. Maria quasi maria, saithAugustinus de Leonissa, sermon 5 v onAue mariafor as all riuers come from the,
pApocal. 6. 10. qPsal. 84. 6. rApocal. 7. 9. sApocal. 4. 4.
tDe ciuit. lib. 8. cap. 27. uTom. 2 fol. 118. xPhilip Mornæus de missa, lib. 3 cap. 11. See Melanct resp. ad art. Bauar. art. 25.
yTit. de sanct. inuocat. zSee D. Fulke in 1. Tim 2. 5. aaBellar. de sanct. beat. cap. 17. abApud Magdeburg. Cent. 10. Coll. 275. acSee Gospell Annunciat. adChemnit. exam. Con. Trident. part. 3. pag. 151. aeIn Habacuc. cap. 1. num. 32.
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