"Praise ye the Lord"

That beautiful compilation of prayer and praise known as the Psalms continually reminds us to exalt, extol, and glorify God. Each of the psalms from the one hundred and forty-sixth through the one hundred and fiftieth commences with the injunction, "Praise ye the Lord;" and, indeed, "it is good to sing praises unto our God."

One who lacks the spiritual understanding which is gained by the study of Christian Science may find it difficult to thank God as the Psalmist would have us do, perhaps wondering what there is for which to be grateful, when it seems that there is so much suffering and sorrow in the world. But, turning to this blessed truth, one soon learns that our God is infinite, divine, all-embracing Love, the creator of a universe that is altogether perfect and harmonious. where discord, sorrow, suffering, and sin have no place or power. As one keeps one's thought filled with this ineffable Love, evil becomes more and more unreal, the heart feels the "peace of God, which passeth all understanding," good becomes more and more apparent, and gratitude becomes natural and spontaneous. Having attained this spiritual growth, it is natural for the student of Christian Science to desire to express his gratitude to God "for his wonderful works to the children of men;" and he finds many opportunities given him in the Christian Science movement.

Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, because of her great gratitude to God for her wonderful healing, through spiritual inspiration, at a time when her doctor had said that she had been fatally injured, established the Christian Science movement, not only that the sick might be healed, the sorrowing comforted, and the sinning reformed, but that an opportunity might be given those who have felt the divine touch of the Comforter, to give expression to their gratitude by word and deed. On pages 44 and 45 of the Manual of The Mother Church she tells us, "God requires our whole heart, and He supplies within the wide channels of The Mother Church dutiful and sufficient occupation for all its members;" while on page 47 of the same volume we find provision for expressions of gratitude from those who have not yet become members of the Christian Science movement, as well as from those who have; for in the section entitled "Testimonials" she tells us how we may express our gratitude at the Wednesday evening testimony meetings and in our periodicals. These testimonies are a great blessing to those who give them, as well as to those who hear or read them.

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Cleansing of Sin
July 3, 1926

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