The Psalmist, yielding to discouragement, felt that his faithful efforts to be true to God had been in vain. Through this opening wedge of discouragement, distressing thoughts entered and plagued him "until," as he records in the seventy-third Psalm, "I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end." Harmony reigns in "the sanctuary of God," and sick, sinful, or fearful beliefs are excluded. This harmony is found and held through spiritual understanding, self-reformation, and the "new birth."

Men need a refuge from their perplexities, and they are apt to look for it by means of increased revenue, change of environment, companionship, occupation, and so forth. If these are unattainable, the individual's mental state is sometimes aggravated by a sense of frustration and rebellion. In such a case, the Scientist points out that the primal need is for a change of heart, a change of thought and feeling. And it shows one how to make this radical change.

Circumstances do not shake the trust which is grounded in God. Confronted on the one hand by his opponents, and on the other pressed beyond measure by those seeking relief from their physical afflictions, Christ Jesus nevertheless abode in "the sanctuary of God." He found calmness and strength through his conscious oneness with God; and we can do the same. Our sure refuge lies in reflecting God, Spirit, through the cultivation of spiritual sense, and we should never admit any impediment to the fulfillment of a righteous desire.

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