Man’s Chief End

Sep 13, 2016
Richard Sibbes

(From “Divine Meditations”)

We read in Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

The whole life of a Christian should be nothing but praises and thanksgiving to God; we should neither eat, drink, walk, talk, nor sleep but to His Glory and praise.

We glorify God when we exalt Him in our souls above all creatures in the world, when we give Him the highest places in our love and in our joy, when all our affections are set upon Him as our greatest good.

This is seen also by opposition, when we will not offend God for any creature; when we can ask our affections, “Whom have I in heaven but thee?” (Psalm 73:25).

To glory in any other than God alone is idolatry, first, because the mind sets up something to glory in which is not God; secondly, it is spiritual adultery to cleave to anything more than to God; and thirdly, it is bearing false witness to ascribe excellency where there is none.

We have a prohibition, which we read of in Jeremiah 9:23, “let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, nor the strong man in his strength, nor the rich man in his riches.”

God will not give His glory to another.

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