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Man Wonderfully Made.

Man Wonderfully Made.

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BY REV. DANIEL MARCH, D.D.,


I will praise thee ; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Ps.
cxxxix. 14.
BY REV. DANIEL MARCH, D.D.,


I will praise thee ; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Ps.
cxxxix. 14.

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MA WODERFULLY MADE.BY REV. DAIEL MARCH, D.D.,I will praise thee ; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Ps.cxxxix. 14.THE old philosophers used to say that on earththere is nothing great but man. It would havebeen truer if they had said that on earth aremany great things, but man is the greatest of all. All of God's works are great and marvelous.The more we study them, the more wonderful theyseem in completeness and in adaptation to the endsof their creation. But inasmuch as the purpose forwhich man was created is the greatest, man himself must be the most wonderful of all God's works in thisworld.The student may spend a lifetime in studying thenature of plants, and he may make himself familiarwith all trees and flowers from the mighty pine whoselife extends through thousands of years to the paleprimrose that dies in bringing tidings of the comingspring. And yet in the first leaf that he sees wavingin the wind, in the simplest blade of grass that hetreads beneath his foot, he will find much that he can-not understand. He will be compelled to acknowledgethat life in its lowest form is a mystery past finding517518 MA WODERFULLY MADE.out. The chemist may collect and analyze the min-
 
erals and earths and liquids and gases until he has.examined and named every substance and defined andtested every force which he can find in the wholekingdom of ature. And yet he cannot tell us theform or size or color or weight of a single atom. Hecannot tell what holds atoms together to make solidbodies. He cannot tell whether there be ultimateatoms of matter or not. God's work is equally pastfinding out in the grain of sand, in the precious gem,in the drop of water, in the electric spark and in thebeam of light.You would show me the simplest form of mat-ter one in which there can be no complexity andnothing hard to comprehend. In doing so you pointto the smallest particle of dust that the passing windhas dropped upon your hand. We examine it withthe microscope, and behold it proves to be the completeskeleton of a creature that once lived and possessed allthe organs and faculties requisite to the full enjoymentof life. You turn to the heavens and point out a thin,floating mist so thin that it takes the best eye to see itat all and there you say that matter must be in itssimplest and most elementary state. But we bring themighty telescope to bear upon that mist, and beholdit flashes into a universe of suns, any one of whichmay be a million times larger than the earth we treadupon.The astronomer may spend the nights of years inMA WODERFULLY MADE. 519exploring the fields of space, counting the number andtracing the pathways of worlds ; he may call to his aidthe mightiest instruments and the most exhausting cal-culus ; and yet the more he sees of God's glory in theheavens the more will he be inclined to exclaim, How
 
unfathomable are the ways of the Most High ! Howimpossible for man or any other creature by searchingto find the end or the beginning of the works of God !The naturalist may study the forms and habits of birdsand fish and insects and animals until he seems to beat home in all the kingdoms of ature, and the lowerorders of creation become his friends and companions.And yet he cannot tell what guides the bird in its longmigration, what teaches the bee to build its waxen cellor the spider to spin its geometric web. At every stepin his studies he is charmed with increasing knowledge,but he is still more fascinated with unfathomablemystery.These wonders and mysteries attend us everywherewhile studying the works of God in the creationaround us. But we find the most fearful and won-derful work of all in ourselves. The body in whichthe soul dwells is the climax of all the beauty, com-pleteness and adaptation which are aimed at and ap-proached by slow degrees through the lower grades of the animal creation. God has not given us thestrength of the lion, the horse or the elephant, buthe has endowed us with intelligence so to apply ourstrength that we can easily use for ourselves and sur-520 MA WODERFULLY MADE.pass the power of all other creatures in the world.God has not given us the swiftness of the eagle, norhas he clothed us with the delicate and dazzlingplumage of the bird of Paradise, but he has given usthe command of forces that can transport us where thebirds of the air never fly ; he has given to the humanform a grace of movement, and to the human face abeauty of expression and a dignity of command, farmore impressive than brilliant robes or flashing gems.The beautiful things of earth display their greatest

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