Bible Lesson XL
Psalm 19:1-14
Let the Spirit Work

 

by Emma Curtis Hopkins

 

This Nineteenth Psalm causes us to listen to every voice and watch every action as a message from Jehovah full of truth and inspiration for us.

The influence of taking literally such writings as this has always made people inspirational. To such a one upon hearing the propositions of Spiritual Science stated, while the mind was exercised to its highest point of perception of its message and instruction, the great conviction came that — “Christianity as taught today was never the Truth of God nor the Truth of Life, and that the Science called Christian can never galvanize into the living faith of mankind the lifeless hoax, but out of its approximate truths the true doctrine can spring.”

“Day unto day uttereth speech.” It is the eternal renewal of Truth. When one speaks from honest conviction after much study of religious teachings, — his highest conclusion is that Christianity as at present taught, and as understood by the early church fathers, and explained by the latest phase thereof, was never the Truth of God nor the Truth of Life, — we will listen. For only so far as a religious faith can practicalize, is it worth while. And only so far as it demonstrates what we all recognize as good, is it true.

There must have been some total misconception of Truth in the minds of the early church fathers to have resulted in such savagery as they exhibited toward women and children. There must be some total misconception of Truth in the minds of those church people who are keeping such savage watch over the actions of that little child lest it steal, or overeat, or be too joyous. It must be some total misconception of Truth in the minds of those metaphysical exponents of Christianity who are sick, lame, blind, unfortunate. Let us be meek and lowly, and reason together to drop our faults, though in so doing we drop our seeming virtues. We will not pride ourselves on our piety or moralities while we are not manifesting the works of Jesus Christ.

There certainly are doctrines enunciated by Jesus Christ, which are not now taught as He meant them. He was Spirit and His words were Spirit. He taught a spiritual doctrine in words suited to lift each grade of mind a step higher “day unto day.” The profoundest mystic will find himself outstripped by the mysticism of Jesus. The most formal Puritan burning with pious self-righteousness his helpless neighbors, will find a. text easy to interpret: “Do good. Forgive.”

There have been certain works laid great stress upon in the most practical interpretations of Christianity. Those works are healing, teaching, reforming, raising from death. There have been certain ideas insisted upon as true, viz., that faith in God is necessary to our wellbeing; that understanding of God would make man one with God; that praise and thanksgiving to God would cause the heavens to drop down blessings. All these ideas are the rounds of Jacob’s ladder to us. We take them and rest on them just long enough to spring on to the higher round.

While at first there was great stress laid upon the practical fruits of right faith, healing from sickness and reforming from vicious habits were looked for as necessary “evidences of Christianity.” This was a higher round of the ladder of thinking than that one where we thought ourselves very well pleasing to God to accuse Him of sending us sickness and buffetings of Satan.

Then it was a higher round of the ladder of thinking when they who were healed and reformed refused to stop at such simple demonstrations, and boldly proclaimed that no one ever need to be poor, no one ever need to be hurt, no one ever need to make any mistakes.

It was still a higher round when we were taught that a line of thinking would place us so in line with righteousness that we could be health and peace and bounty to all the world with whom we should come in contact without even trying to help them. It is still a higher round of the ladder of glory for the feet of our mind to stand upon, to proclaim that there never was any hea1ing to be done, never any suffering to ameliorate, never any sins to pardon, for “there is no speech nor language where the voice of God Himself is not heard,” exactly as the mystic sense of this psalm proclaims. And so when one tells us that it is no use to try to galvanize into life the miracles of Christianity, we understand him as meaning it is Christlike to declare there never was any necessity for miracles because God is all.

When one tells us that it is nonsense to teach that faith and praise and prayer are keys into the favor of God, we understand that it is truly Christlike to proclaim that Truth is true and Good is good whether we have faith in it or not, or whether we praise it or not. It is the highest doctrine of the rounds thus far, that we are already in heaven in the glory that was ours from the great forever without beginning of years or end of days. The higher the round one steps his thoughts upon, the more delightful he finds life.

“The sun” is always the headlight of Truth in these lessons. It has a “tabernacle.” That is, there is always a place where someone speaks fearlessly one higher statement than is popular in his age. It is the sum total of all the teachings of the ages, which interprets aright the Moslem marching song, “There is no God but God.” It causes you to give up your former idea of God and to think not at all of God, but simply to rest while He thinks for you. It is the mind that ceases to project any thoughts at all which makes itself a vacuum into which Truth rushes.

While we are projecting our imaginations we are describing unrealities, because while we are projecting our thoughts, we see only our own creations.

“There is no understanding of errors,” as it tells us here in the twelfth verse. There is only stopping our thinking. The great vacuum of silence, of stillness, of ceasing from thoughts is a suction for the strength and understanding of God. He who stops thinking is greater than he who thinks the highest doctrines he has ever heard. He who does nothing is the greatest of workers. He lets God work. He who loves nothing and no one is the greatest lover, for he lets God love. He who wills nothing is the divinest demonstration of will, for he lets the will of God be done. This is Science. It is revelation. It is practical. Rest from seeing will give your eyes strength of sight. God is rest. Rest from thinking will demonstrate perfection of Mind. God is Mind.

One who was writing of the rest of God as revealed by John the isle of Patmos felt the material objects of his room moving away him; felt the ideas of his mind slipping from their cells into the abysses of nowhere; felt the rush of the Shekinah of God through his being; heard himself called by his own name as it is written in Paradise.

They who watch the quarreling of nations may watch no longer. “In such an hour as ye think not, Jesus Christ cometh.” Let drop your notions of responsibility. God is the responsible. Let fall your imaginations of duties awaiting your efforts. God is the worker.

This is the Divine baptism of the water of Life. Keep still. Stiller yet. Far stiller than the world ever thought of. It is now the hush of the morning of God. Now each one can be sure in himself. I do not work, I am worked. I do not think, I am thought. I do not will, I am willed. I do not love, I am loved. I do not move, I am moved. I do not need, I am needed. “I came not to do mine own will, but the will of Him who sent me.”

As I let the true will be done, I see heaven opening and the angels of God feeding the hungry, healing the distressed, exposing the souls of mankind, all white and gentle. As I keep still, I find that all heaven is contained in the doctrine of “Let.” This is the mystic influence of the nineteenth psalm.

April 17th, 1892

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