"Rule thou"

Anyone who feels handicapped by a condition which, from a material standpoint, seems too great to be overcome, may find much help and healing from the Psalms, as did one student of Christian Science. As she read them prayerfully, earnestly desiring understanding, certain phrases suddenly appeared as if illumined, phrases beginning always with "The Lord": "The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind;" "The Lord hath been mindful of us;" "The Lord is our defence;" "The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed;" "The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil." Then finally this from the one hundred and tenth Psalm: "The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies."

"The Lord" omnipotent at hand at all times! What confidence and faith in God's willingness and ability to save! Futility, helplessness, false responsibility, and weariness faded away before such overwhelming assurance of God's power and presence. "Strength out of Zion"—could any strain or feebleness of thought persist before strength from that source—unending, impregnable, immutable?

Admitting the presence and power of God, as did the Psalmist, leads to the understanding which enables us to obey the command, "Rule thou in the midst of thine enemies." With hope and expectancy of good, we here and now may begin to govern our thoughts so as to master those evil traits and tendencies which would rob us of happiness and health, and through so doing, learn to know God.

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Face to Face
February 11, 1933

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