Good ground of praise

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Revelation 7:11-12 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

James Durham remarks:

Words are wanting and cannot be gotten, even by angels in heaven, to express the glory due to God; they are swallowed up with it, it goes beyond their conception and expression, for it overreacheth all created expressions and apprehensions so far that it is no marvel if it do so here.
Whatever is glorious or a ground of thanksgiving or an object of praise or the subject of commendation—it is in him, and in him alone; and to be attributed to him with all humility by the most glorious creatures. It is in him, and not in them. A consideration exceedingly upstirring to praise and admire him; to cry down in comparison all other things as weak and empty; comfortable to God’s people, who have all these things in him alone. There is no ground of praise imaginable, nor anything which might have laid, or may lay, an obligation on a creature to God, as having obtained a good turn, but that is in God and may be expected from him.

If things be well searched in God, there is nothing that can be a ground of praise, but it is in him and may be expected from him: blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, etc. Blessing is all matter that may give occasion to bless him for making us blessed. Glory taketh in all glory, everything that maketh God glorious, or us to account him glorious, and glory itself. And matter of thanksgiving, wisdom, honor, and the rest are in him: nothing is meet for the end, or meet as a midses to bring about that end, but it is in God. Blessing being the end, there is wisdom, power, and might to bring about that end. They have then good ground of praise, that have God to be their God.​
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