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Choir-service l'indicated.


" And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place,

according to the commandment of David."

It was an opinion of all the ancient 'nations, that however invidious might be the ostentation of individuals for display and self-exaltation, no magnificence could possibly be too great for places of worship; and all the wealthy of a state were expected to be either founders of new temples, or benefactors to the old. Such was the general impression, for at no period of time has the Almighty suffered himself to be without witness. Indeed the Kecessities of our nature, all within us, and all without us, must inevitably generate Religion; for Atheism however pretended, never actuallyexisted, or could exist

. It never could imply more than confession of ignorance, as

to the entity and acts of Deity. However ruide the bethibition of religion

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will be the finest known exemplar of rational piety.
He had endured strange vicissitudes; and severe af-
fictions, and had been rescued from the dangers of
such situations, by miracles, which proved to him,
that the very darkness of providence was visible and
Inight be even felt. In the hand which had borne the
shepherd's crook, the Almighty had placed the scep-
tre; in the band, which had wielded the sling, he had
placed the thunderbolt. All was wonder. He was
not only fed, but aggrandized by the word, which
proceeded out of the mouth of God. How could
he duly laud this ineffable being! How little was
he, a mortal
, a child of dust, beside the Almighty

, who reigneth from everlasting to everlasting! He prostrated himself at the feet of him, who gave him a living soul! He confessed, that God was all; that he himself was nothing. He sought his greatness only in the possession of an understanding, capable of knowing God, and of a heart, that can with reverential awe appreciate his infinite worthiness

He saw that this gift made man the Lord of the Earth, and brought with it felicity. For to man thus illuminated the mind unfolded a thousand charms, which would otherwise have escaped ciobservation, and rendered them at once a source

of pleasure and devotion : Indeed it is most certain athat through this influence of the Holy Spirit, man is qualified rightly to admire the productions of his Creator, to exalt himself above this sublunary


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sphere, and in higher realms to enjoy the presence of God, and be like to him and magnify him for

pen ever. I beni aronil hanteed but loss

olun It was natural for a man of such a beeste 301 Yoga,

Deus feelings to derive from music solace in adversity, SO and exultation in prosperity. It was a natural impulse, by which he was taught to abate so rrow,

ndan and augment happiness. It was a pure and rational method of expressing piety and praise, worthy the human ancestor of a holy Saviour. Accordingly he became the founder of Choir-service, in the celebration of divine worship. I do not mean that he was the first who connected music praise of God, for that was common among all nations, both before and after his æra. I only mean that he seems to have been the first patron

or author of its systematic incorporation with the

Hebrew Liturgy. The history of this event is given as follows, in the “ Book of Chronicles.” spake to the chief of the Levites, to appoint their brethren to be the singers, with instruments of music psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding

up the voice witl. joy. --So the singers, Heman, Asaph,

and Ethan were appointed to sound with cymbals of brass

, and Zechariah, and Aztel, and Shemiramoth and Jehiel, and Unni and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with psalterieta con

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