"Praise ye the Lord"

In a heart filled with praise for God no space is left to be invaded by doubt, fear, discouragement, lack. Thinking devoted to glorifying God manifests itself in right words and actions. He who puts on "the garment of praise" finds it as a shining armor protecting him from evil and bringing to him expressions of good. And he who seeks to "worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness" finds that the glory of God is all about him, with images of discord or disease vanishing before the acknowledgment that God has created all that exists, and that all that He has created is good.

In Proverbs we read, "As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise." Praise, then, is to be regarded as something very precious; and its worth is seen more clearly as it is freed from the dross of material beliefs and human ambitions, and as selfishness is eliminated with all its forms, such as self-righteousness, self-justification, self-aggrandizement. It comes from the understanding of the allness of God and the nothingness of evil. It is the essence of thanksgiving, joy, and gratitude.

Christian Science, the Law of Life
February 19, 1927

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