Divine Strength

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble;" "The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation;" "The God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God"—thus sings the Psalmist. What never fails to fill us with wonderment and gratitude is the richness of the Psalms in utterances which are brimful of the sense of the protecting and strength-bestowing power of God. How close they bring us to Him, reviving our faith in Him, reassuring us of His power, and renewing our courage for the battle of life!

The prophets and seers of Old Testament times heralded the truth proclaimed by Christ Jesus with such conviction and persistency, the truth that God is the Father of all. And what a truth is the fatherhood of God! The instant one begins to understand its significance, one begins to experience a great sense of protection, and to be freed from anxiety, worry, and fear; for fatherhood conveys to him the ideas of love and guardianship, giving him the conviction of God's willingness to bestow all good on His children. It was such a tender revelation, that of Jesus—the fatherhood of God! What strength, peace, gladness—aye, healing—it has meant to mankind!

All truth has healing power. Every least phase of truth which has been discovered by men throughout the ages has possessed this potency; and the result has been the gradual but certain uplifting of the human race into better morals and more spiritual modes of thought. Retrogressions there apparently have been; but, on the whole, mankind has made steady progress along moral and spiritual lines, the lines which chiefly count. This progress has been dependent upon obedience to the truth after its discovery, each new discovery serving as a stepping-stone to the next. And nowhere has this been more pronounced than in the realm of religion.

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August 14, 1926

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