1. 4. The immutability of his purpose (Psalm 33:11; Isaiah 46:10). 2. 3. Again, His work is perfect if we take it altogether, and do not cut it in parcels and look on it so. - J.O. By all means embrace the Word, and be satisfied with it, when you do not comprehend His work; it teaches as much in general as may put us to quietness. 2. The rectitude of his government (Psalm 145:17). 3. Who can sufficiently estimate the preciousness of deliverance from the wrath to come by the sufferings and blood of Jesus, the Son of God? III. 1. 5. God is just in punishing disobedience to His holy law. Day and night together make a distinct language of God's praise. To make this justice perfect, as all the attributes of God must be supposed to be, it will descend to every particular in our conduct; nothing will be too small to be noted; nothing can be concealed from Him; nothing will be overlooked by Him. They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation. 3. Such agents possess the natural image of God, in spirituality, in intelligence, in capacity of choice, in voluntary activity, in discernment of good and evil. It is, in some respects, a consequence of the general rectitude of the Divine Being and of some other particular excellencies of God. 5. Natural light tells us that truth and faithfulness are perfections, and consequently belong to the Divine nature; and that falsehood and a lie are imperfections, and to be removed from God. "The Alps and Andes are but millions of atoms till thought combines them, and stamps on them the conception of the everlasting hills. ROCK A NATURAL IMAGE OF DIVINE ATTRIBUTES. Deuteronomy 32:4. If you would, then, look upon God's work aright, look at it in the sanctuary's light, and you shall say, "He hath done all well.". 3. Men often bring forth works by guess, by their purpose, so no wonder it answer not their desire; but known to Him are all His works from the beginning, and so He doth nothing in time but what was His everlasting pleasure. In connection with these things we have to think of the vast multitude of moral agents, men and angels, whom we know with certainty, and of the vast variety of circumstances and events, and also the long flight of ages, before the final judgment; besides the numberless worlds of intelligent agents which may lie behind an impenetrable veil of obscurity and uncertainty. 3. 4. How solemn are the exercises of an awakened believing soul, making express application to God for reconciliation and peace by the blood of Jesus! He is the Rock, His work is perfect; all His ways are just. 5. The eternity of his existence (Psalm 90:2). His work is perfect." 2. He is the rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. What a contrast to the feeble, vacillating, arbitrary ways of man! And thus we have some view of that awful, wide-extended, moral empire, the direct object of the cognisance and procedure of Divine justice, and of which everyone who now thinks on this subject is an interested and important part.Application —. But it is specially to be remarked that to justice belongs the high character of the guardian attribute, both in relation to the glory of all that is Divine, and in reference to the rights and interests of created beings among one another. 4. III. It is not as artificer, but as architect, we are here to regard His work as perfect. It may be viewed as operating within the Divine Being itself, distinctly from every prospect of the future existence of a universe of creatures, in such ways as these: in a righteous valuing and honouring of the distinct preciousness of other Divine excellencies, such as power, holiness, goodness, etc. II. Spots in the face commend the beauty of the rest of it. There is a wide range of good and of evil, in disposition and in action, relative to man made in the image of God. Even so it is here: if we look on the day alone, the light of it being perpetual would weary us, the night alone would be more so; but the interchange of them is pleasant. The real grandeur of the world is in the soul which looks on it, which sees some conception of its own reflected from the mirror around it; for mind is not only living, but life-giving, and has received from its Maker a portion of his own creative power" (Dr. John Ker). (c) Or mighty God; noting that only God is mighty, faithful and constant in his promise. A shadow from the heat (cf. Rev. perverse and crooked generation not his children, their spot - has become corrupt towards him, διέφθειραν πρὸς αὔτον οὐχ οἱυἱοι τὸ σύνολον, peccaverunt ei et non filii ejus in sordibus, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. Deuteronomy 33. And as the Scripture assures us of His sincerity, He of His truth and faithfulness in the accomplishment of His predictions and performance of His promises.I come now to the last thing I proposed, to make some use of this doctrine.