Song and Salvation

AMONG the beautiful words in the English tongue are these: "song" and "salvation." All through the years these words, or their equivalents in other tongues, have been joined together by prophet, poet, philosopher, and religionist. Surely there is some reason for this association beyond the pleasing sound of the words. A hint of what that deeper significance may be is given to us in the declaration of the Psalmist, "Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage," and in Mrs. Eddy's words (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 200), "The law of Sinai lifted thought into the song of David."

What must be the nature of the law of God, obedience to which brings singing to our hearts and salvation to our lives? Good it must be — permanent, changeless, eternal good. And what could be more joy-bestowing, more certain of bringing salvation, than complete obedience to the law of good? This obedience entails the consistent and persistent turning away from every argument of evil, knowing it as lawless, powerless, without attraction or attachment. Through this unswerving and entire obedience to God's law we come to reflect God's being and find ourselves living in accord with the rhythm of the spiritual universe, that state of true being which obtained "when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy."

April 9, 1932

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