GOD THE PRESERVER OF MAN

June 12, 2016

 

Golden Text

Is 41:10

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

 

 

Responsive Reading

Ps 23:1-6

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

 

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

 

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

 

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

 

 

Section I

( 1) Ps 100:1,3

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

 

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

 

( 2) Ps 139:1,3,7,9,10

O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.

 

Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

 

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

 

If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

 

( 3) Ps 27:1 (to 2nd ;)

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life;

 

( 4) Ps 40:5, 11 let

Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

 

let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.

 

 

( 1) 2:23-23 (to ?)

God is Love. Can we ask Him to be more?

 

( 2) 336:25-26, 28

XXIV. God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God's likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal.

 

God and man are not the same, but in the order of divine Science, God and man coexist and are eternal. God is the parent Mind, and man is God's spiritual offspring.

 

( 3) 151:23-24

The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness.

 

( 4) 471:13-19

The facts of divine Science should be admitted, although the evidence as to these facts is not supported by evil, by matter, or by material sense, because the evidence that God and man coexist is fully sustained by spiritual sense. Man is, and forever has been, God's reflection. God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power nor presence.

 

( 5) 596:23-25

Though the way is dark in mortal sense, divine Life and Love illumine it, destroy the unrest of mortal thought, the fear of death, and the supposed reality of error.

 

( 6) 494:10-11

Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.

 

( 7) 444:10

Step by step will those who trust Him find that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

 

 

Section II

( 5) Ps 16:1

Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

 

( 6) Ps 91:1,2,4,5

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

 

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

 

( 7) I Sam 17:4,8,10 (to ;), 11,32,28,39 And David said, 40,45,46 (to 1st ;), 47,50

And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.

 

And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.

 

And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day;

 

When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.

 

And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.

 

And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.

 

And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.

 

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand;

 

And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands.

 

So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.

 

( 8) Jer 15:20 I am

I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the Lord.

 

 

( 8) 571:15-19

At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil. Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you.

 

( 9) 563:4-7 (to ?)

We may well be perplexed at human fear; and still more astounded at hatred, which lifts its hydra head, showing its horns in the many inventions of evil. But why should we stand aghast at nothingness?

 

(10) 71:2

Evil has no reality. It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense.

 

(11) 288:3

The suppositional warfare between truth and error is only the mental conflict between the evidence of the spiritual senses and the testimony of the material senses, and this warfare between the Spirit and flesh will settle all questions through faith in and the understanding of divine Love.

 

(12) 232:7

Security for the claims of harmonious and eternal being is found only in divine Science.

 

(13) 451:2

Christian Scientists must live under the constant pressure of the apostolic command to come out from the material world and be separate. They must renounce aggression, oppression and the pride of power. Christianity, with the crown of Love upon her brow, must be their queen of life.

 

 

Section III

( 9) Ps 107:8,9

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

 

(10) Ps 37:18, 19 in the days

The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

 

in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

 

(11) Ps 66:19 verily

verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.

 

(12) Ps 36:6-9 O Lord (to :)

O Lord, thou preservest man and beast. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life:

 

 

(14) 530:5-7

In divine Science, man is sustained by God, the divine Principle of being. The earth, at God's command, brings forth food for man's use.

 

(15) 507:3-6

Spirit duly feeds and clothes every object, as it appears in the line of spiritual creation, thus tenderly expressing the fatherhood and motherhood of God.

 

(16) 365:31

The poor suffering heart needs its rightful nutriment, such as peace, patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear Father's loving-kindness.

 

(17) 550:5-7

God is the Life, or intelligence, which forms and preserves the individuality and identity of animals as well as of men.

 

(18) 7:23 The

The "divine ear" is not an auditory nerve. It is the all-hearing and all-knowing Mind, to whom each need of man is always known and by whom it will be supplied.

 

(19) 12:27-29, 31

Does Deity interpose in behalf of one worshipper, and not help another who offers the same measure of prayer?

 

In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of God as "a very present help in trouble." Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals. It is the open fount which cries, "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters."

 

(20) vii:1-2

To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.

 

 

Section IV

(13) Ps 91:9,10

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

 

(14) Jer 30:11 (to 1st :), 17 (to ;), 22

For I am with thee, saith the Lord, to save thee:

 

For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord;

 

And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

 

(15) Mark 6:34 (to :)

And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd:

 

(16) Luke 8:43-48

And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

 

 

(21) 494:11-19

It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.

The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love. Jesus demonstrated the inability of corporeality, as well as the infinite ability of Spirit, thus helping erring human sense to flee from its own convictions and seek safety in divine Science.

 

(22) 86:1-8

Jesus once asked, "Who touched me?" Supposing this inquiry to be occasioned by physical contact alone, his disciples answered, "The multitude throng thee." Jesus knew, as others did not, that it was not matter, but mortal mind, whose touch called for aid. Repeating his inquiry, he was answered by the faith of a sick woman. His quick apprehension of this mental call illustrated his spirituality.

 

(23) 151:4,18-21

Infinite Mind could not possibly create a remedy outside of itself, but erring, finite, human mind has an absolute need of something beyond itself for its redemption and healing.

 

Fear never stopped being and its action. The blood, heart, lungs, brain, etc., have nothing to do with Life, God. Every function of the real man is governed by the divine Mind.

 

(24) 416:24-27,30

The sick know nothing of the mental process by which they are depleted, and next to nothing of the metaphysical method by which they can be healed.

 

Turn their thoughts away from their bodies to higher objects. Teach them that their being is sustained by Spirit, not by matter, and that they find health, peace, and harmony in God, divine Love.

 

(25) 496:15

Hold perpetually this thought, that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, overlying, and encompassing all true being.

 

 

Section V

(17) Ps 121:8

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

 

(18) Act 5:12 by (to ;)

by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people;

 

(19) Act 20:7-12

And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together. And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead. And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him. When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed. And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.

 

 

(26) 387:27

The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent Mind, who gives man faith and understanding whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but from bodily suffering.

 

(27) 410:14,29-30

Every trial of our faith in God makes us stronger. The more difficult seems the material condition to be overcome by Spirit, the stronger should be our faith and the purer our love. The Apostle John says: "There is no fear in Love, but perfect Love casteth out fear. . . . He that feareth is not made perfect in Love." Here is a definite and inspired proclamation of Christian Science.

 

Christian scientific practice begins with Christ's keynote of harmony, "Be not afraid!"

 

(28) 397:12-22

When an accident happens, you think or exclaim, "I am hurt!" Your thought is more powerful than your words, more powerful than the accident itself, to make the injury real.

Now reverse the process. Declare that you are not hurt and understand the reason why, and you will find the ensuing good effects to be in exact proportion to your disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine metaphysics, confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures declare Him to be.

 

(29) 289:14

The fact that the Christ, or Truth, overcame and still overcomes death proves the "king of terrors" to be but a mortal belief, or error, which Truth destroys with the spiritual evidences of Life; and this shows that what appears to the senses to be death is but a mortal illusion, for to the real man and the real universe there is no death-process.

 

(30) 521:12 (only)

The harmony and immortality of man are intact.

 

 

Section VI

(20) Is 43:3 (to :), 4 (to :), 5 (to 2nd :)

For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:

 

Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee:

 

Fear not: for I am with thee:

 

(21) Rom 8:28,31 If, 35, 37-39

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 

If God be for us, who can be against us?

 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

 

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

 

(31) 303:28-9

Spiritual man is the image or idea of God, an idea which cannot be lost nor separated from its divine Principle. When the evidence before the material senses yielded to spiritual sense, the apostle declared that nothing could alienate him from God, from the sweet sense and presence of Life and Truth.

It is ignorance and false belief, based on a material sense of things, which hide spiritual beauty and goodness. Understanding this, Paul said: "Neither death, nor life, . . . nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God."