II. We have no memory of such pre-existence.4. And these mercies are called visitations in two respects: Verse 4. For the Psalm evidently expresses astonishment at the condescension of God in visiting creatures so unworthy of His regard. Sider comes a long way up the track of language; it was born sidus. Yet is that a trifling glory — to ascribe this to Himself, and to regard all our actions as emanating from God? Pascal, 1623-1662. Life is not chance; nor is the hereafter. )The Jewish and the Christian thought of manWilliam Clarkson, B. A.I. And no philosopher can still those longings and forebodings. Tomorrow is the judgment. If we perished, what difference would it make to this stupendous universe? In this, at least, we find the special prerogative of humanity, that which distinguishes and differentiates man from all the lower orders of creation. But. With what pomp and circumstance is he ushered into the world. And then the second objection — that we are too insignificant for God to notice. Is the soul, then, created by an immediate act of God? What right have I to claim a different rank? The root and groundwork of all religion is the impulse which leads men to pray. The sense of personality, this discrimination between the I and the not I, is so strong and fundamental, that it requires, in most of us, an effort to take the other view, and to consider ourselves as a minute and undivided part of the whole. And not only from you, ye heroes in virtue, but from those also who inflict upon themselves painful austerities, do we recognise the sublimity of our nature. He is not worthy of the least Of all Thy mercies at the best. It is the purpose of God to display in him His chiefest glory. In judging of a house you do not think merely of the man who is to live in it, but of the power, station, wealth, and so on of the builder, and then you judge whether or no too much has been lavished upon it. "What is man, that Thou art mindful of him?" )The end of manThe Evangelist.This text teaches more than the condescension of God. 2. Had he come to look into the principles and results of the Republican Government — our form of government? What! He is so as man; and the relative position he holds, intellectually, morally, or socially, to his fellow men has nothing to do with the fact. Now with these two facts in his mind, he studied; "considered" the heavens. There is absolutely nothing besides.5. They express what He feels. THE DEALINGS OF GOD TOWARDS MAN. That it is wrong for parents to bring children into the world and not care for them. Satisfying his spiritual needs. For the Psalm evidently expresses astonishment at the condescension of God in visiting creatures so unworthy of His regard. Tholuck. What a paradox to put man on a level with the brute! Animal organism of little value aside from this. What is our knowledge but that of a single spot? And what is there wonderful, other than being unusual, m that Christ should be born of a virgin? Everything that has happened in the way of advancing our knowledge of the world has gone to augment this consciousness of man's physical littleness. Man has a spirit which can think and soar and worship. The stars are quiet. REMARKS WHICH ARE SUGGESTED BY THIS THEME. (Homiletic Review. Man is one world, and hath Another to attend him. I am sorry we have sinned; but we are wonderfully constructed. He visits man —1. Even that power by which man discerns the truth he employs to hurl truth from the throne, and to set up error in truth's stead; squandering upon it the enthusiasm which only the truth should inspire. HOW GOD IS MINDFUL OF MAN.1. Man is the occasion and object of an attribute whose blessing the fallen angel never enjoyed, and which the holy angel had never before beheld exhibited, the Divine mercy. "Consider thyself, lest thou also be tempted." Christ cares not for the outward, but for the spirit of a man. We, no doubt, are confined and baffled in the presence of a multitude of objects. ◄ Psalm 8:4 ► what is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You care for him? They quote our text in a sense the opposite of that in which it is meant. Moleschoff avers that "Thought is a motion of matter." J. Zollikofer.There is nothing of all that we can behold that more elevates the mind, or pervades it with more and grander thoughts and emotions, than the view of the starry sky. Night was made for man to rest in. The moral kingdom of God is extensive. M. God never acts without a purpose. He can contend with his Maker.3. And is it not a punishment from Jehovah? There must be, in the moral government of God, the same certainty and universality of principles, and a harmony and connection of the various portions, all being controlled to effect the one purpose of the glory of God. It expresses —1. Inference: That as God is mindful of you, you are to be mindful of God. Among great men there is no one to whom the sense of man's littleness has presented itself with such overwhelming force as to Pascal. — The influence on religious faith and hope of what we call "nature" — of the sun and the moon, the stars, the mountains, and the seas — varies with different men, and varies with the varying temper and mood of the same man at different times. )The Jewish and the Christian thought of manWilliam Clarkson, B. A.I. Art sets up its barriers against the threes of nature, which often assault us as a foe, or constrains her to submit to man and to accomplish his designs. These facts should not oppress us, but lead us, by God's hell), to make our lives the best answer to the text. WHAT IS THE DESTINY OF THE SOUL? But whatever else the words may mean, they clearly assure us that there is in every man something that is akin to God, something which separates him from all other creatures on the face of the earth, something which makes it possible for him to think of God, to know God, and to love God. Though separated by the abyss of the ocean, nations bind themselves to the exchange of mutual obligations. Hearest not thou his voice, saying, "Open to me, my sister: behold, I stand at the door and knock. What these are we may infer from the manner in which God regards them.II. These form the ordinary basis upon which esteem is built. To the lowly it is much to enjoy the notice of the strong and high.5. ASK OURSELVES WHETHER WE ARE PROPER JUDGES IN THIS MATTER? This soul, in glorified body, shall go on forever. On observed facts a theory is based, claiming to be covered by the facts in accordance with the strictest methods of induction, that there has been going on through countless ages of the universe a development from one primordial seed of insect, and animal, and man, through endless varieties of sub-species, each slightly deviating from and improving upon its predecessor in the series, until man, the latest result of evolution, appeared upon the earth. Then are we tempted to cry out in awestruck wonder, "O Lord, who am I that Thy Eternal Mind should be full of me?" Voltaire said, "The welfare of a nation often depends on the good or bad digestion of its prime minister"; and Mr. Motley avers that "The gout of Charles V may have changed the destinies of mankind." I. Its object is God, but its subject is the soul.I. The heavens will not continue their identity forever. They throw light upon His works of grace in the heights above. A creature who sins always makes himself of importance. God is the God of order, and order is peace. Harrison.We regard the entire Psalm as descriptive of man's dignity and importance, which is at once seen in the exalted position he occupies in the realm of nature, and in the Divine system of revelation with which God in His love has blessed him.I. J. Gough, M. The world of morals is emphatically human, and as emphatically not material. And what is man, by nature, fallen, renewed?4. Only mathematical argument excludes, or can exclude, controversy. If the mind of man were in unimpaired simplicity, the spectacle of the universe would teach him piety; but, being as he is, piety must be first imparted by other means. A. But if the flying straw and gnat display His wonderful works, what will He not have done in and for man? Globe, yet in every breast there is a natural language for expressing spiritual ideas,! Tell what he came to heal ; he came to bless a `` vital likeness. 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