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What is Man?

1 February 2012

I would like to introduce my pastor and “guest blogger” – Rev. Wayne Muckel. I am privileged to sit under the preaching of this man of God each Sunday, and the fact that he is also my brother-in-law just adds to the blessing. A couple of weeks ago he shared this in his sermon, and I have asked his permission to pass it on to you.

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him…” (Psalm 8:3,4)

I too have stood where the Psalmist stood and have been filled with awe on a dark, clear night – so clear I felt like I were looking out into an almost eternal space, where the stars seemed to hang down close to the earth, and the sky was packed full of millions of lights! And in that heavenly sanctuary my heart leaped up to worship the One who made it all possible!  Then too, like the Psalmist, my mind took me to stand on a dirty, noisy street in New York City (where I had stood many times). The noise is deafening, the light breeze swirling pieces of trash along the sidewalk, the stench and sounds jarring my senses, and what’s left of a man stretches himself out against a building, gagging in his own vomit. And I muse, “What is man that you are mindful of him?” And while my mind cannot completely wrap itself around that question, and my heart is torn within, the wonder of wonders is that “God so loved (this kind) of world, and sent His only begotten Son.” This man, like all men, became the supreme focus of the Creator God! As mysterious as the heavens above are, the greater mystery is how the God Who created them could care enough to reach down and rescue all of us in our miserable sinful condition. How could God pick us up and hug us to Himself, and transform our lives, cleaning us up from the inside out, and set us on a straight path toward heaven? Mystery of mysteries, indeed!

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