LORD, what is man, that you take knowledge of him! or the son of man, that you make account of him!…
: — Consider man —
I. IN A STATE OF NATURE. "Of few days, and full of trouble." "As soon as we are born, we go astray, speaking lies." "Lord, what is man?" An immortal creature, and yet his immortality uncared for! A corrupt creature, and yet no holiness sought! A blind creature, and yet no sight implored! A redeemed creature, and yet that redemption slighted and forgotten!
II. IN A STATE OF GRACE. "Old things have passed away." Old habits, old associations, old acquaintances, no longer please. "All things have become new." The man has new motives, new desires, new feelings, and he delights in the society and friendship of new companions.
III. IN A STATE OF TORMENT. "Man dieth; man wasteth away; he giveth up the ghost, and where is he?" The wicked will rise "to shame and everlasting contempt."
IV. IN A STATE OF GLORY. "Whom He justifies, them He also glorifies." He gives grace, and He gives glory, and no good thing will He withhold from you, if you are only His children, washed in His blood, sanctified by His Spirit, and robed in His righteousness.
(C. Clayton, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!