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The Lord is Great.

The Lord is Great.

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"The Lord is great, and greatly to be praised:
He is to be feared." — Psalm xcvi. 4.

"The Lord is great, and greatly to be praised:
He is to be feared." — Psalm xcvi. 4.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Sep 16, 2013
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THE LORD IS GREAT.REV. THOMAS SOMERVILLE, A.M.,"The Lord is great, and greatly to be praised:He is to be feared." — Psalm xcvi. 4.A GREAT Statesman was on one occasion asked what hadbeen his profoundest Hfe-thought. He was one who hadread poetry and philosophy, was an authority in literatureand in law, had listened to eloquent men expressing theirloftiest sentiments, and had no small part in shaping thedestiny of his nation. He paused for a second or two inreflection, and said : " The profoundest thought of my lifewas my personal responsibility to God." And this is true.The thought of God is both a restraint and an encourage-ment — the profoundest factor in the elements of life.ations and individuals rise and fall according to theirthought of God.In ew York there was a celebrated Scottish preacher — Dr. Ormiston. His church was crowded every Sabbath inthat city, where it is not easy to fill churches. And why? otbecause he had any tricks of manner or language, for hewas a plain man, using plain words. The peculiar featureof attraction was well described by a lady member : "I liketo hear Dr. Ormiston. He makes me feel that God is sobig." This is my feeling always in reading these Psalms.He makes us feel that God is a real being and so great.He is to be had in reverence of all that are about Him.76 THE LORD IS GREAT." God is our refuge and strength, a very present help introuble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be
removed, and the mountains cast into the sea.""According to Thy name, O God, so is Thy praise unto theends of the earth. Thy right hand is full of righteousness.""This God is our God for ever and ever : He will be ourguide even unto death."" Be Thou exalted, O God, above the heavens : let Thyglory be above all the earth."" Thou art the God that doest wonders. Thy way is inthe sea, and Thy path in the great waters, and Thy footstepsare not known."" All the gods of the nations are idols : but the Lordmade the heavens. Honour and majesty are before Him :strength and beauty are in His sanctuary."This feeling of the greatness of God, the mighty Spiritbeyond the bended heavens, has been realised in all nationsand in all religions. The Jews led off in this respect. Godwas great and God was near. His voice was the storm ;and the tides ran away at the frowning of His countenance.The one element of greatness has been intensely realised bythe Mohammedans. Every night, in every village and city;from Gibraltar to furthest India, do you hear the cry of thesentinel from his lone post : "Allaho Akbar! Allaho Akbar!Allaho Akbar!" — God is great! God is great! God isgreat !It has been usual to illustrate the greatness of God bydwelling upon the great scenes in Creation and the greatProvidential events in history. As we think of this and allthe bright worlds above called into being by Him ; as,bending in silent awe and looking up to those myriad orbsthat look down upon us as the very eyes of God, we cannothelp exclaiming, "Great and marvellous are Thy works,
THE LORD IS GREAT. 77Lord God Almighty ! Who shall not fear Thee, O God,and glorify Thy name, for Thou only art holy?" Still, Ithink that our sense of the greatness of God is more intensewhen we come to examine the very smallest of His works — the minute cells of the growing plant, or the marvellousadaptation of means to ends in the smallest animals. Letany man reverently examine these things, with the aids of modern science, and he will be inclined to exclaim,"Wonderful! Wonderful!" at every turn. And even thesebear no more proportion to the greatness of God than thespark bears to the flame it creates. He is great beyond allour conceptions of greatness. Perhaps we find the truestpointer stars to the greatness of God in the lives of trulygreat and good men among us. God has made man inHis own image, and man at his best is the highest index of God. He is the high priest of Creation ; and all his powersof intellect and heart, all his aspirations and accomplishments,sanctified by the lights of the Word and of the Spirit, bestspeak to us of God. Therefore did the Word become fleshand dwell among us. " And we beheld His glory, the gloryas of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace andtruth."" God is greatly to be feared." There are two kinds of fear — slavish fear and filial fear.I was once speaking to the son of a great man distin-guished in letters. He was in trouble. He had got intodebt and among sharpers. I said to him: "You should tellyour father." " Oh, I could not do that ! My father is sobig, and so far up from us, that scarcely would a child of hisenter his room unless by arrangement." What a pity !What is fame or name to fatherhood ? His children weremore to him than all his writings, and all he would evermake by them. They had a slavish fear of him. I knew

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