But it is time to attend more immediately to our own concerns. The professed purpose of our meeting today is to humble ourselves before Almighty God, and to send up our prayers and supplications to the divine Majesty for obtaining pardon of our sins, and for averting those heavy judgments which our manifold provocations have most justly deserved, and for imploring His blessing and assistance on sea and land, and for restoring and perpetuating peace, safety, and prosperity. I hope these expressions accord with the language and desire of our hearts.
And now—oh, for a glance of what Isaiah saw, and has described (Isa 6:1-4)! Oh, that we, by the power of that faith which is the evidence of things unseen, could behold the glory of the Lord filling this house; that we could realize the presence and the attitude of their attendant angels! They cover their faces and their feet with their wings, as overpowered by the beams of His majesty, and conscious, if not of defilement like us, yet of unavoidable inability as creatures to render Him the whole of that praise and homage which are justly due to Him. Oh, that by faith we could enter into the spirit of their ascription, “Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isa 6:3)!