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Man the Glory of God.

Man the Glory of God.

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BY JOHN DURY GEDEN



"O Lord our lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth ! -who has set
thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast
thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that Thou mightest still the
enemy and the avenger. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy
fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained ; what is man, that
Thou art mindful of him ? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him ? For
Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with
glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy
hands ; thou hast put all things under his feet : all sheep and oxen, yea, and
the beasts of the field ; the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and what-
soever passeth through the paths of the seas. Lord our lord, how excellent
is thy name in all the earth ! " — Psalm viii.
BY JOHN DURY GEDEN



"O Lord our lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth ! -who has set
thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast
thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that Thou mightest still the
enemy and the avenger. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy
fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained ; what is man, that
Thou art mindful of him ? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him ? For
Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with
glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy
hands ; thou hast put all things under his feet : all sheep and oxen, yea, and
the beasts of the field ; the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and what-
soever passeth through the paths of the seas. Lord our lord, how excellent
is thy name in all the earth ! " — Psalm viii.

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MA THE GLORY OF GOD. BY JOH DURY GEDE
"O Lord our lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth ! -who has set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that Thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained ; what is man, that Thou art mindful of him ? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him ? For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands ; thou hast put all things under his feet : all sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field ; the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and what- soever passeth through the paths of the seas. Lord our lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth ! " — Psalm viii.
1. These are not merely human words and thoughts. Man has no such thoughts, utters no such words. Jehovah, the unoriginated, independent, all-adorable Being, man's lord ! Earth, the dwelling-place of man, the paramount sphere for the assertion, vindication, and perfect illustration of the Divine attributes ! Man him- self, the outbeam of the glory of God, the elect deposi- tary, vehicle, and instrument of that glory ! When did man ever speak or think thus ? 2. This is God's Spirit in man, teaching him, not with- out parable, the meaning of the world and of human nature ; waking him up to the fact, that heaven and earth are invisibly knit together, and must by and by be one ; and calling forth in him the admiration, awe, praise, thanksgiving, faith, desire, which so marvellous an oracle is fitted to create. This is man's spirit lifted from the dust by God's Spirit and having its eyes open, standing B
 
MA THE GLORY OF GOD. out in the congregation of the saints, and declaring in language, which, for the speaker himself, has its emigmas, the things of the kingdom of God, which were, and are, and shall be. 3. Thou great I Am — so we interpret the Psalmist — the same yesterday, and today, and for ever, we of the earth, flesh and blood of the race of Adam, we are thine, and Thou ours ! We call Thee our lord, for Thou callest us thy offspring. Thou hast propriety in us : Thou art our maker, and the stays and issues of our being are in Thee. We also have propriety in Thee : for we carry thy image and superscription; and by thy ordinance express the majesty, might, and supreme dominion, which constitute " thy name." 4. That name, that wondrous, matchless name : how dost Thou set it in the heavens ! How far-stretching and glorious a ministry do the works of thy hands there exe- cute as thy representatives — the silent preachers of thy eternal Godhead! How do they tell aloud with their voiceless voices the splendour and greatness of Him, who dwells within the spangled curtains of their tabernacle, and whose throne is ramparted about by their impreg- nable and jewelled walls ! 5. Yet not in the heavens alone, high and radiant as they are, dost Thou manifest Thyself, and make known to the creatures the sublime mystery of thy nature, per- fections, and government. The holy, reverend name, which they so laud and celebrate, is excellent here in all the earth. If glorious above, it is no less really, though it may be less conspicuously, glorious beneath. East, west, north, south, wherever man is found through all the amplitude of the world which Thou lias built for him, thy name is extolled and magnified.
 
MA THE GLORY OF GOD. 6. ay — wonder though it be — the glory of thy name, as man displays it, is a higher, fuller, and more abiding glory than that of the vastest, noblest works of the visible creation. We look up to heaven, cloud and mist in our eyes, and we exclaim, How great is the glory of God ! We droop our gaze, and look around us, the cloud and the mist vanished, and lo ! the former glory hath no glory, by reason of a glory that excelleth ; and in joyful surprise and bewilderment we cry out, "0 Lord, our lord" — not lord of the universe so much as ours — "how excellent is thy name in all the earth ! " 7. To appearance it is not so. For what is man ? He is a child, the latest born of the intelligent household of God. That household has its patriarchs possibly, seons on aeons old, the beginning of all being not uncreate. Its ancients too, who shall number them ? spirits venerable for service in the unseen sanctuary, and for accumulated knowledge and experience of the ways of God. It has its manly youth, God's chariots marshalled as in the holy place of Sinai, ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands, who do his commandment, hearkening to the voice of his word. Here, we stand by the cradle of creation, and the infant of the universe lies in it ! 8. Man — he is the weakest and feeblest of the creatures endowed by God with rational soul. What are his strength, or wisdom, or resources of any kind, viewed side by side with those of angels, good or evil ? Compared with his youngest eiders of God's great family, how circumscribed are his faculties, how narrow the sphere of his observation, how poor and slender his spiritual growth and develop-

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