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By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all their hosts of stars by the breath of His mouth. Let all the earth fear the Lord : let all the inhabitants of the world reverence Him. For He spake and it was done; He commanded and it stood fast.–From Psalm xxxiii.
HOU art Almighty and all creatures are Thy wit
nesses, and in honor of this name every creature is bound to serve Thee. All things formed are Thy servants and worshippers; nor can Thy glory be diminished because they worship others besides Thee; since the intention of aii is to draw near unto Thee. Unhappily, they are as blind men. Though their faces be directed to the King's highway, they have strayed from the right road.
Thy true servants are like those who, having their eyes open, travel in the straight path, turning from the way neither to the right nor to the left till they arrive at the court of the King's Palace. Thou art God, who by Thy divinity supportest all things formed; and Thou upholdest all creatures by Thy unity. There is no distinction in Thee; for although the names of Thy attributes be varied, all point to the same end and all is One Mystery.
SOLOMON IB'N GABIROL.
ORD of all being, throned afar,
Thy glory flames from sun and star;
Grant us Thy truth to make us free,
the Praise of the Creator. .
All Thy works shall praise Thee, O Lord, and Thy pious ones shall bless Thee. Let them speak of the glory of Thy kingdom and tell of Thy power.Psalm cxlv. 10, 11.
HERE is an old story, invented by the sages and
handed down by memory from age to age. They say, when God had finished the world, He asked one of the angels if aught were wanting on land or on sea, in air or in heaven. The angel answered that all was perfect; one thing only he desired—speech, to praise God's works, or recount them, which would be their praise. The sincerity of truth would be their most perfect praise. And the Father approved the angel's words, and not long after appeared the race, gifted with the muses and with song. This is the ancient story; and in consonance with its spirit, I say: It is God's peculiar work to benefit, and His creatures' work to give Him thanks.
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.—Psalm xcvii. 11.
THOU Great Giver of all blessings, preserve us
from error! Remove all shadows from our minds and enable us to follow the laws of that eternal reason by which Thou guidest the world. Thus honored by a knowledge of Thy righteous laws, we shall be enabled to honor Thee as feeble mortals should, and offer to Thee incessant hymns of praise. For neither mortal nor immortal beings can be engaged in nobler service than celebrating the Divine Mind which presides over all nature.
LL things that are in heaven and in earth praise
God. He is the Mighty, the Wise, at once the Seen and the Hidden.
Every creature knoweth its prayer and its praise. The East and the West are God's; therefore, whichever way ye turn, there is the face of God. He will guide unto Himself all who turn to Him. Have faith and let your hearts rest securely on the thought of God.
E still my light upon my way,
My pilgrim staff and rod,
O, blessed thought of God.
Feeling After Bod.
With the merciful Thou wilt show Thyself merci. ful ; with an upright man Thou wilt show Thyself upright; with the pure Thou wilt show Thyself pure; and with the froward Thou wilt show Thyself froward.—Psalm xviii, 25, 26.
THE powers of God are ubiquitous; not merely for
the benefit of pre-eminent men, but also for those who seem to be insignificant. To them, too, God gives that which harmonizes with the capacity and measure of their souls.
Who is there so without reason and soul as never, either voluntarily or involuntarily, to conceive a notion of God? For a sudden apparition of the good frequently Aits past even the wickedest; but they cannot retain or keep hold of it. . . For it quickly passes away from those who have lived beyond the bounds of law and justice; as, indeed, it would never have visited them at all if it were not to convict those who chose evil instead of good.
And ye shall find Me, if ye search for Me with all your heart.- Jeremiah xxix. 12, 13,
(FTER a man has acquired the true knowledge of
God, it must be his aim to surrender his whole being to Him and to have his heart constantly filled with longing after Him. . Our intellectual power, which emanates directly from God, joins us to Him. You have it in your power to strengthen that bond, or to weaken it until it breaks. It will be strengthened if