We do not say that we are the only moral and spiritual beings in the midst of so many worlds. )LinksPsalm 8:4 NIVPsalm 8:4 NLTPsalm 8:4 ESVPsalm 8:4 NASBPsalm 8:4 KJVPsalm 8:4 Bible AppsPsalm 8:4 ParallelPsalm 8:4 Biblia ParalelaPsalm 8:4 Chinese BiblePsalm 8:4 French BiblePsalm 8:4 German BiblePsalm 8:4 CommentariesBible Hub, (4)Tranquillise the impatience and fretfulness incident to an incomplete life. Verse 4. Man is one who might "walk with God," as did Enoch; be the "friend of God," as was Abraham. 3. Not — and this is the greatest glory of all — not for their own glory did they accomplish this. Yet it is in the remembrance of this fact that our moral strength can alone be found. )Night thoughtsThomas Fuller.How cometh he to mention the moon and the stars, and omit the sun? If you see a great building, but know not for what use it is intended, how can you say whether it be too large or small, or aught else about it?III. Whenever mail singles out one of his fellow creatures with peculiar regard, it is on account of some amiable or useful quality he supposes him to possess; his powers to entertain and communicate pleasure, his benevolence of disposition, his strict integrity, or his ability to grant protection and to confer benefits. The heavens have no power of self-modification — they cannot move slower or faster, grow brighter or dimmer, of their own accord; man can. Though separated by the abyss of the ocean, nations bind themselves to the exchange of mutual obligations. With what pomp and circumstance is he ushered into the world. We may well wonder why. )That Thou visitest him.Some crises of human life and their moral lessonsE. He does not mean to imply that there is a probability of man being overlooked amidst the immensity of God's works.4. Yet this subjugation of the powers of nature is only the earnest of greater things to come. God is a person. An insignificant atom in time and space. But has not this reason also presumed to assign to things themselves their own origin, their own preservation, their own destruction? And it is equally at variance with the account of the Creation, which teaches the simultaneous creation of both soul and body. A. He can utter inarticulate sounds, expressive of pleasure and pain; he cannot, like man, compare and generalise, and communicate rational thought by the vehicle of speech. I do not here set before you the intellectual meanness of man, or the scanty and limited nature of his powers and faculties; though these might seem an insurmountable obstacle to union. Zollikofer. 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. Will not this form an eternal separation between man and God? Of the East, which tell of the transmigration of souls.2. Yet this subjugation of the powers of nature is only the earnest of greater things to come. The reasonableness of the fact that God is mindful of us. But in reply to all such reasoning let us —I. (David J. Hill, LL. The question, "What is man?" To ask God to deal with us separately and apart is to forget that He guides the whole universe by laws which are fixed, irreversible, and irresistible. He lift, up his thoughts higher than the sun, higher than the most distant stars; he lifts them up to God Himself, and bows in the dust before Him. HOW GOD IS MINDFUL OF MAN.1. Beard, B. A.It is possible to measure man against the universe on more than one scale, and the result will be strikingly different according to the scale which we use.1. As we glance at the construction of the human frame we cannot fail to notice the amazing wisdom and power therein displayed. The power of any language to suggest ideas and excite emotions is mysterious. Only mathematical argument excludes, or can exclude, controversy. )The end of manThe Evangelist.This text teaches more than the condescension of God. GOD HAS REVEALED THAT MAN IS THE RESULT OF A SPECIAL CREATION. Beard, B. Justice demands a future state. Feuerbach declares that "The soul is but the sum total of nervous processes." In these three particulars we shall discover in him, side by side, the grandeur and the meanness of his nature.1. Feuerbach declares that "The soul is but the sum total of nervous processes." If a man is worth so much to God, he surely ought to be of great value to himself.4. Obliterate distinctions, frame general laws as we will, there is one distinction which stands out marked and prominent as the basis of all philosophy and all religion, a distinction which neither philosophy nor religion can set aside without destroying themselves at the same time: the' distinction between mind and its objects, between moral and physical law, between liberty and necessity, in one word, between person and things. The disciplined will submits, and rejoices in submission. Saw cities, smoke from factories, Glen … He is so always, from the earliest hour of our infancy.2. II. )What is manSamuel Fellows, D. D.? Another maintains that "The brain secretes thought as the liver secretes bile." How great, how inconceivably great, must He be, the Creator and Father of all worlds, the primordial source of energy and motion, the first, eternal cause of all things, etc. Tomorrow is the judgment. This soul, in glorified body, shall go on forever. The heavens have no power of self-modification — they cannot move slower or faster, grow brighter or dimmer, of their own accord; man can. But the very contrary is the truth. (iii) That there can be no transmission of sin. Man is not his accidents; not those things with which we associate him when we speak of any one man. In the constitutional workings of the soul God does manifest Himself to it. By His words of love and by His work of mercy He summons us to return, to believe, to rejoice; to walk in the favour, to live in the love, to dwell in the home, to be transformed into the likeness of the Father of our spirits. They forget that all arguments other than those of the mathematician can be assailed again and again, and are always open to question. There prevails in him not merely a darkness with respect to spiritual things, but a dislike to them. Mind is above matter, intelligence above force.2. We may fear lest imagination should carry us into inferences which the organs of experience cannot verify. This fact of reflective consciousness would seem strange and significant enough, if it implied no more than the power of simply cutting ourselves off from the universe, and so recognising ourselves. Was not everything the earth contains made for our use and enjoyment, in measure increasing with every new discovery? Try from the greatness of man to estimate the greatness of the end. It is human to err; but fiendish to dwell in guilt. Can we say that because He is so great in the heavens, therefore He cannot be great in stooping down to our sin and misery? GOD HAS REVEALED THAT MAN IS A SPIRITUAL BEING. This is the gospel of science. And by its means we find the infinitude of God in every flying straw and in the smallest grain. Little or nothing could be lacking to man were not this power abruptly checked; or, which is still worse, were it not frightfully abused. Man created after grand plan: "Let us make man in our own image." But this too is a fact, I am conscious of a power of choice — of moral freedom. Man has lifted his eyes to the stars. It is the possession of this princely power to think that places him on the very throne of material beings, in his hand the sceptre of dominion and on his brow the crown of a possible and glorious destiny. But there is a certain intellectual and moral vulgarity in attaching such importance to mere material magnitude.2. THE MATERIALIST WILL BE CONTENT TO SAY, "WHAT IS MAN? GOD HAS REVEALED THAT MAN WAS CREATED IN HIS IMAGE. But infidelity is not so; it is inconsistent with itself. What tenderness we find in the human heart! This is the first teaching of Scripture, and it is also the last. Starving souls, come to Jesus. It is the purpose of God to display in him His chiefest glory. These are the highest capacities which belong to human nature, even in their possession, but still more in their use. (Joseph Parker, D. D.)Contemplations on the starry skyG. What is man, for what purpose is lie intended, that he fills so large a space in the Divine regard?I. Fill your soul with the Divine anger against your own sin; leave it now, and fly to the Father of lights. Some overestimate mankind, putting him above God. "What is man?" And yet while this is so, at no point is the difference between them more radical; for the reflection of mind in matter is another and less thing than the reflection of mind in mind. He visits man —1. W. Dale, M. By His words of love and by His work of mercy He summons us to return, to believe, to rejoice; to walk in the favour, to live in the love, to dwell in the home, to be transformed into the likeness of the Father of our spirits. But the thought of our high origin and our glorious destiny awakens and fosters in us the religion of hope. Wonder — that God should have chosen him. II. 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. None can say where God is greater, in the great or in the little, in the immensity on earth or in the infinity in heaven. But against it it is urged —(i) That God ceased creation on the seventh day. (iii) That there can be no transmission of sin. Man as a sinner is of special importance. We may well exclaim, "Whence all this weight of magnificence — this perfect arrangement and adaptation? He penetrates the bowels of the earth, and brings up to glisten in the sunlight that which lay hid in the darkness of her depths, he does more than this in his own bosom — an abyss not less deep and dark. When I consider the manifold bearings of Thy universe upon man — what is man? 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. And then the second objection — that we are too insignificant for God to notice. Is the soul's growth to stop? But when the Prince of Heaven came He did not come on any secret mission. "You will not only have to pall down the church tower," said the man, "you will also have to blot out the stars, before you can destroy all that reminds us of God; they speak to us of Him."(W. We are children of eternity. 1. God acts as a sovereign, choosing whom He will.2. What are we but microscopical insects, crawling in indistinguishable multitude upon the face of a planet, which, in comparison with the countless orbs of space, is itself no more than a grain of stardust? A share in Divine authority. Is he a trinity in unity, having a material frame, a connecting life principle, and an immortal spirit? J. Gough, M. and the son of man, that Thou visitest him?" But what are the wonders of his creation compared with the glories of his redemption? He lift, up his thoughts higher than the sun, higher than the most distant stars; he lifts them up to God Himself, and bows in the dust before Him. There are some aspects of nature which sometimes make it difficult to believe that there can be any real communion between the Creator and ourselves. From the very beginning of the world man stands out apart and distinct from the rest of God's creation, alone made in the image of God, alone subject to a moral law, alone capable of obedience or disobedience to that law. In all the dangers and snares of youth. The contemplation of our weakness and our littleness, the frailty of the perishing body, the instability of the mental powers, the fewness of our passing years, the shortcomings of our best endeavours, the insufficiency of what we accomplish compared with what we purpose and desire, — all this might well suggest to us a philosophy of despair. The first step being taken, another follows. Zollikofer. All its powers are hidden from us until by our own energy we have discovered them, mastering us until by our own supremacy we have dominion over them; if you consider that all this has been given to us to make "character" — does it seem so strange that this world should be also the theatre of a more Divine redemption, the place whereon a greater service to character has been wrought than can be wrought by cloud, or tree, or mountain stream, or ocean? D.)God mindful of manW. The second is, that God pays special regard to His creature man. It is very important that believers in God should reason rightly. The starry sky says to us —1. J. Gough, M. 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