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which belong to our own “island universe" by the thousands of these astral systems that exist in space, within the range of human vision, and then you may form some idea of the infinitude of his kingilom ; for lo ! these are but a part of his ways. Examine the scale on which the universe is built.--Comprehend, if you can, the vast dimensions of our sun.-Stretch outward through his system, from planet to planet, and circumscribe the whole within the immense circumference of Neptune's orbit. This is but a single unit out of the myriads of similar systems. Take the wings of light, and flash with impetuous speed, day and night, and month, and year, till youth shall wear away, and middle
and the extremest limit of human life has been attained ;-count every pulse, and at each speed on your way a hundred thousand miles; and when a hundred years have rolled by, look out, and behold! the thronging millions of blazing suns are still around you, each separated from the other by such a distance that in this journey of a century you have only left half a score behind you.
Would you gather some idea of the eternity past of God's existence, go to the astronomer, and bid him lead you with him in one of his walks through space; and as he sweeps outward from object to object, from universe to universe, remember that the light from those filmy stains on the deep pure blue of heaven now falling on your eye, has been traversing space for a million of years.
Would you gather some knowledge of the omnipotence of God, weigh the carth on which we dwell, then count the millions of its inhabitants that have come and gone for the last
six thousand years. Unite their strength into one arm, and test its power in an effort to move this earth. It could not stir it a single foot in a thousand years; and yet under the omnipotent hand of God, not a minute passes that it does not fly for more than a thousand miles. But this is a mere atom ;the most insignificant point among his innumerable worlds. At his bidding, every planet, and satellite, and comet, and the sun himself, fly onward in their appointed courses. His single arm guides the millions of sweeping suns, and around His throne circles the great constellation of unnumbered universes.
Would you comprehend the idea of the omniscience of God, remember that the highest pinnacle of knowledge reached by the whole human race, by the combined efforts of its brightest intellects, has enabled the astronomer to compute approximately the perturbations of the planetary worlds. He has predicted roughly the return of half a score of comets. But God has computed the mutual perturbations of millions of suns, and planets, and comets, and worlds, without number, through the ages that are passed, and throughout the ages which are yet to come, not approximately, but with perfect and absolute precision. The universe is in motion, system rising above system, cluster above cluster, nebula above nebula,—all majestically sweeping around under the providence of God, who alone knows the end from the beginning, and before whose glory and power all intelligent beings, whether in heaven or on earth should bow with humility and awe.
Would you gain some idea of the wisdom of God, look to the admirable adjustments of the magnificent
retinue of planets and satellites which sweep around the sun. Every globe has been weighed and poised every
orbit has been measured and bent to its beauti. ful form. All is changing, but the laws fixed by the wisdom of God, though they permit the rocking to and fro of the system, never introduce disorder, or lead to destruction. All is perfect and harmonious, and the music of the spheres that burn and roll around our sun, is echoed by that of ten millions of moving worlds, that sing and shine around the bright suns that reign above.
If overwhelmed with the grandeur and majesty of the universe of God, we are led to exclaim with the Hebrew poet king,“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 mind. ful of him ? and the son of man, that thou visitests him?" If fearful that the eye of God may overlook ua in the immensity of his kingdom, we have only to call to mind that other passage, “Yet thou hast made him but a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor. Thou madest him to have dominion over all the works of thy hand; thou hast put all things under his feet.” Such are the teachings of the word, and such are the lessons of the works of God.