Let your work appear to your servants, and your glory to their children.
I. TRUTHS SUGGESTED IN THIS PRAYER.
1. That real religion, wherever it exists, is a Divine production in the human mind. "Thy works," etc. It is a work, and a work of God. God begins it.
2. That they who have experienced its power and preciousness themselves are anxious for its prevalence among those most dear to them. "Their children."
3. That the preservation of religion in families is a leading object of God's dispensations.
4. That it becomes the young, as they rise to years of consciousness and maturity, to unite their prayers with the prayers that are offered on their behalf. O satisfy us with Thy mercy.
II. ENCOURAGEMENTS TO PRESENT THIS PRAYER.
1. It is a point in which God's glory, and man's good, are found to meet and centre. You do not run counter to the tide of Divine designs, but in unison. It is God's work, and God's glory.
2. It is a subject to which the richest promises are made.
3. It has been amply answered in every age.
III. PRACTICAL. HINTS FOR OUR OWN CONDUCT.
1. Aim to be the instrument of fulfilling your own prayer. Show them God's glory.
2. Take heed there is nothing in your conduct to counteract your instruction.
3. Ascribe to God all the glory of success.
Parallel VersesKJV: Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.