James Sieveright on worship as our reasonable service

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Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
But can the creature ever forget that it holds existence—at least happy existence—on the tenure of rendering to the great Creator the glory for ever due to perfections so infinite, works so marvellous, and benefits so varied and immense? Towards such a Being is not worship a most reasonable service—a natural and necessary recognition of creature dependence—an authentic and significant expression of creature gratitude and admiration, of creature reverence and love? and to banish from the earth what constitutes man’s chief duty, and so illustrates the Creator’s glory, were a disparagement indeed to the majesty of God, and a degradation to ourselves; for the very act of worshipping, exceedingly exalts our nature, in bringing us nigh to God, the source and centre of all blessedness, and thereby raising in us sentiments perfective of our natures, and assimilating the adoring soul to the object it regards with supreme complacency and sacred awe. ...

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