Suicide would be reasonable, and, indeed, has been advocated as wise. Inference: That as God is mindful of you, you are to be mindful of God. — Is he but a bodily organism? Man was made — each man is made — to be the companion, the friend, of God!1. Contemplate the nature of the great and glorious God, and judge how unlikely it is that He should be "mindful of man," or visit him. So much, then, for what nature teaches. "What is man, that Thou art mindful of him?" But it is otherwise with their successors. (The Evangelist. He has drawn aside the veil from the future, and made that long life and that large world our own. THE DISTINCTIVELY CHRISTIAN VIEW. He transposes into mental images the things perceived by the senses: he passes beyond the limits of sensuous impressions into the world of rational thought, and thus grasps the eternal truth underlying the perishable. But if the flying straw and gnat display His wonderful works, what will He not have done in and for man? How He became incarnate in Christ, whose whole life showed how God was mindful of man. One law governs and unites all, and each is contributive to it. By the application and exercise of his thought man is becoming the perfect master of the world in which he lives, Never did mind wield such a kingly power over matter as at present. All ethical axioms are His revelation. 2. He must have understood that man finds his true and proper life, his human heritage — even as God does — in the thoughts which visit his mind, in the choices which proceed from his will, in the feelings which glow within his heart, in moral activities and spiritual enjoyment. Though separated by the abyss of the ocean, nations bind themselves to the exchange of mutual obligations. The microscope, when the telescope was discovered to support human doubt, seems to have come into existence to meet that doubt. Tholuck. Sermon Psalm 8:1, 3-4 Our Mysterious Yet Personal God. He descries the mysterious movements of the Almighty, guiding the heavenly bodies on their way, prescribing to them where they shall shine, and when they shall disappear. He does not mean that it is essentially inconsistent with God's greatness for Him to notice man. He transposes into mental images the things perceived by the senses: he passes beyond the limits of sensuous impressions into the world of rational thought, and thus grasps the eternal truth underlying the perishable. And here we have —1. An outside impression has struck him; all his thoughts are scattered. The motives by which man acts are, after all, only influences, not compulsions. Then are we tempted to cry out in awestruck wonder, "O Lord, who am I that Thy Eternal Mind should be full of me?" We mean something utterly distinct from all that is not I, something which is profoundly conscious of this deep distinctness. A layman also may be at liberty to note that natural science does not speak with unanimous voice either on the facts or the speculative theories of the origin of man. Think, moreover, how the whole world without man is reflected in man, and is reproduced by the various forms of art in painting, music, poetry, sculpture — illuminated, beautified, spiritualised, transfigured. We know nothing of mind force except through its material manifestations. But man cannot sin without Divine assistance. He shall feed you with the living bread. Do we know that the end proposed could have been gained in any other way? 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. 4. Man, like God, is a spirit; his corporeal frame being only a frame.2. THE. Astronomy has taught us our insignificance in space. A sufferer is a being of importance in God's universe. There are those general visitations in which God has drawn near to us collectively. Again we ask, What is man? Application:1. Of the East, which tell of the transmigration of souls.2. Under the venerable oak, or on the skirts of the deep sea, or in the pure air of the mountain top, he talks with the Great Spirit. He can think the material universe out of being, and we believe that once it did not exist; but moral ideas — truth, right, goodness — these are eternal both in faith and thought. And man too, unlike the material world, can obey or disobey the law which God has given him. Will not this form an eternal separation between man and God? II. Thought, after all, is not merely phosphorus. So in regard to this earth. It seems natural for anyone to think most of his best workmanship. We have lived to witness his sovereignty over the elemental powers of nature — he can order the lightning, weigh the sun, make the vapour his slave.2. I am not absolutely bound by the chains of necessity in my moral life. How little are we acquainted with the Divine nature. We are children of eternity.3. The starres have us to bed: Night draws the curtain, which the sun withdraws: Musick and light attend our head. But remember that the grandeur of our destiny is not determined and measured by our merits, but by the immensity of the Divine goodness. They are called a visitation because of the freeness of them. Another reason why Jehovah makes use of His works as a language revealing His attributes is, that He promotes the welfare of His offspring by the revelation. How couldst thou fail of perceiving Him, the Eternal, the Infinite, the Almighty, the Supremely-wise, the All-gracious, in these His works? This is the paradox of humanity — man's high origin, and man's humble estate. And it agrees emphatically with the Scripture distinction between the "fathers of our flesh" and the "Father of our spirits." Man does not need it. Those of us who live in great cities are perhaps especially sensitive to the austere influences of the material universe. (William Clarkson, B. Bacon, who originated our modern philosophy, and Newton, who verified it, — the two minds who more than any other have ruled the world of mind, — both believed in the Supreme Intelligence which the material universe demonstrated. I read what that most wretched father, the father of Charley Ross, said in Boston some time ago, "I will search for my lost boy while life lasts; I will go up and down the earth, and look into the face of this child, and then of that, to see if it is my lost boy." (James Brand, D. D.)Vastness of the material universeIsaac Taylor.The contemplation of this must have immense power over the mind. As for those modern thinkers who deny the moral freedom of man, they are engaged in a hopeless struggle. And because we have this soul we are capable of religion But —II. It is not less true that He who made us made us in His own image, a little less than Himself, to crown us with glory and worship. The microscope, when the telescope was discovered to support human doubt, seems to have come into existence to meet that doubt. We know nothing of mind force except through its material manifestations. It is probable, therefore, that this higher order of existence actually spreads itself over the entire surface of the material system, and is developing itself in some manner proportionate to its superior dignity. Inference: That as God is mindful of you, you are to be mindful of God. Having this thought of the dignity of man, the Jew had an equally clear view of —6. )Man's study of himselfHomiletic Review.I. Had he come for his health, or did he come to remain? Though each occupies but an infinitesimal space on the globe, yet in every breast there is a yearning after the boundless and infinite. But Christ died for sin. II. (2)Show contrastively the power and weakness of man. But then mere benevolence could be supposed to extend only to the relief of absolute necessity, or deliverance from immediate danger. To the lowly it is much to enjoy the notice of the strong and high.5. IT IS, HOWEVER, IN HIS MORAL AND SPIRITUAL NATURE WHERE HIS IMPORTANCE IS MOST FULLY DISPLAYED. So, then, let us meditate —I. There must be, in this moral universe, influences more powerful than others, and objects which attract in an especial manner the notice and contemplation of the rest. If you consider that this world is a university. The Vatican submitted the text of Psalm 8, making it the first Biblical text to reach the moon. 2. Yet what glory is greater than to seek only the glory of God; to cast our hard-won palms at His feet, and confess that He has done it, and not we ourselves. Seneca contends for it, but the Church by her teaching of the value of each soul counteracted all such views. The disciplined will submits, and rejoices in submission. Nothing we see, but means our good, As our delight, or as our treasure: The whole is, either our cupboard of food, Or cabinet of pleasure. It was a contemplation of the vastness and the beauty and the glory of the universe that caused David to ask this question in wondering awe. We know nothing of mind force except through its material manifestations. Who are we, to judge of what it is wise for God to do? For the Psalm evidently expresses astonishment at the condescension of God in visiting creatures so unworthy of His regard. The Jew, recognising man's moral freedom and spiritual obligation, saw dearly and felt keenly the character of his low estate; he knew the touch and smarted under the sting of sin. See what God would have in the moral universe! There are more serious obstacles to an union between him and a Holy God. There are intelligent beings peopling other worlds than this. 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