"Under the shadow of the Almighty"

THOUSANDS have been uplifted and sustained by the wonderful truth of God's protecting care as brought out in the ninety-first psalm. No more comforting promise could be given than that contained in the first verse: "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." Here is assurance of complete protection from evil in any form; for in the presence of the omnipotent good which is God, evil does not exist. One who accepts this as a certain promise is immune not alone from sin and lack, but from sickness as well. Many an instantaneous healing of sickness has resulted from trust in this promise, and from the clear realization that since God is ever present, one whose consciousness is steadfastly dwelling "in the secret place of the most High" is protected by Truth, so that no evil can befall him, nor any plague come nigh his dwelling.

The truth expressed in this promise was proved by Daniel in the lions' den, and by the three Hebrew captives in the fiery furnace. Their holy faith in the power and presence of God lifted their thought above the fear of the lions or the flames, and enabled them to be conscious of Love as the only presence and power. This same omnipotent power preserves us to-day from all evil, as we dwell "in the secret place of the most High," and trust in the omnipotence of good. Speaking of the unchanging nature and the ever available, protecting power of God, divine Love, Mrs. Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 243), "The divine Love, which made harmless the poisonous viper, which delivered men from the boiling oil, from the fiery furnace, from the jaws of the lion, can heal the sick in every age and triumph over sin and death."

A form of evil of which Christian Scientists need to lose their fear is the belief that what is termed mental malpractice can harm them. Certainly the promise contained in the ninety-first psalm covers this phase of the seeming activity of evil, as well as any other belief of evil. Thousands have proved that it does; so all can avail themselves of the privilege of abiding "under the shadow of the Almighty," can dwell in the consciousness of the omnipotence of good, deny the reality of evil, and thus prove the powerlessness of mental malpractice.

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"Thou shalt not kill"
October 26, 1929

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