" If God," says an acute and learned dialecticianof a former age, " is equally present on earth andin hell, in the church and in the prison of Tophet,wherein consists the difference which in the onemakes it desirable and in the other intolerable?Are we to think," he asks, " that we men have hiscompany but as the devils have, to tremble at ?o. The cry in Tophet is, i What have we to dowith thee, thou Son of the Most High ?' ot sohere on earth ; but, c Why art thou so far from me,O my God !' The finger of God is there (in hell)as in the plagues of Egypt ; but his right hand ishere, that right hand with which he doeth glo-riously. With them, that is, with the evil spirits,God is almighty — with us he is God all-sufficient :there he is a consuming fire — here, Immanuel,God with us. Therefore it is, that, though he werehere before, yet is he said to bow the heavens andcome down.'*94 GOD DWELLIG WITH ME.The king of Israel was awe-struck with theamazing condescension which had so visibly chosena building on earth as the medium throughwhich to display to the guilty sons and daughtersof Adam the glories of his infinite perfections ; — ¦that every where he should be God, the Creator andthe upholder of all things, the Source of being andof bliss, through innumerable worlds and systems of worlds ; but that for the earth and its human inha-bitants he should reserve such a manifestation of himself as should give both the pre-eminence overan entire and boundless universe — this it was thatfilled the royal mind with that adoring amazementwhich breaks forth in the exclamation, " Will Godin very deed dwell with men upon the earth !"2. This devout interrogatory may be traced, se-condly, to lofty ideas of the extent and grandeur of the universe as contrasted icith the insignificanceof man, and the degradation of his state and cha-racter.