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So help us, Lord, we pray Thee,

Our going thus uphold, That none of glory rob us,

Nor make our love grow cold :
That when the day of wonder

Reveals Thy judgment throne,
We may look up rejoicing,
Since numbered with Thine own.

Hymns from the Land of Luther."

II.

HALLOWED BE THY NAME.”

“ NEITHER shall ye profane My holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the Lord which hallow

you. Leviticus xxii. 32.

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, for the Lord 'will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain." - Exodus xx. 7.

“This glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY God.”Deuteronomy xxviii. 58.

“They that honour Me, I will honour, and they that despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.”—1 Samuel ii. 30.

"Holy and reverent is His name.”Psalm

cxi. 9.

“Thine enemies take Thy name in vain.” -Psalm cxxxix. 20.

“Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything before God, for God is in Heaven, and thou upon

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earth, therefore let thy words be few."Ecclesiastes v. 2.

“I say unto you, Swear not at all.”— '

St. Matthew v. 34.

“Above all things, my brethren, swear not.”—St. James v. 12.

In the last chapter we thought of God as our Father, and of ourselves as His children.

Next we come to the words, “Hallowed be Thy name.'

We must remember that though God is our Father, we must honour and reverence Him as the great God," the maker of Heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.”

If we really love Him, we shall have no difficulty in keeping this ever before our minds.

Those who love and honour their earthly parents never speak of them disrespectfully, they never allow others to mention them lightly in their presence. But how few remember the duty they owe to God in this respect. How very few honour His holy name and His Word as they ought.

Hallowed be Thy name” means, not only that the name of God must be kept holy, but also that we must treat all that belongs to Him with awe and reverence. His Church, His Sacraments, His Ministers, His Word, all must be kept holy, and not spoken of lightly in any way.

For the great God of all
Heareth each word we say,
He will remember it
In the great Judgment Day.
Honour God's holy name,
Speak it with thought and care,
Sing to it holy hymns,
Breathe it in earnest prayer.
But not with sudden cry,
In thy light joy or pain;
“God will hold guilty all
Who take His name in vain."

A young man was once very ill of consumption. He knew he was dying, but those around him did not think the end was near. A friend who came to see him happened to speak irreverently and lightly of sacred things in his presence. Soon after, they were left alone together, and the sick man asked him to come close to him, and then said in a low voice, “I may not be very long here, but I want to ask you one thing before I go.”

“What is it?” asked the other.

“I want to entreat you with my dying breath, never to speak again, as you did just now, of holy things, or to laugh at them as you often do. I know I often did the same

I myself, before I was ill, but I am truly sorry for it now.

This world is passing away from me, and God, and the blessed promises of His holy Word are all I have to cling to. You do not know how it pains me to hear them lightly spoken of.”

A week later he was taken to his rest.

His friend never forgot those dying words. Let us too remember them, and when we too come to die we shall feel thankful if we have tried to follow them.

There is also another sin which is far too little thought of. I mean the awful sin of swearing. Everyone who reads these “ Thoughts” can do something to check this sin. Every man and woman may use his or her influence

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