Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; and let your saints shout for joy.
We hear advocated, on platforms and elsewhere, different kinds of ministry. Some are urgent for a talented ministry. Some are urgent for an educated ministry. They insist on culture. Some are urgent for an evangelical ministry. The great want, however, is a righteous ministry.
I. A ministry that advocates THE PRINCIPLES OF RECTITUDE. The Sermon on the Mount should be the text and the imperial inspiration of every teacher.
II. A ministry that advocates the principles of rectitude Is AN HONEST WAY.
1. Conscientiously, believing in them.
2. Consistently, living them.
3. Independently, disregarding alike the frowns and smiles of men. A ministry, in fact, that "commends itself to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
III. A ministry that advocates the principles of rectitude FOR A RIGHT PURPOSE. Not for popularity, not for greed, not for sect, but for right. Such a ministry as this the people will believe in, trust, and follow.
(David Thomas, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.