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HONORING GOD

From the April 1927 issue of The Christian Science Journal


MANKIND often thinks more of honoring itself than of honoring God. Because its basis of thinking is so largely selfish, it considers the honor it imagines due its own human thinking, efforts, and achievements as of primary importance. David thought differently when he sang, "Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious." All through the Bible men are exhorted to honor God. He alone is accounted worthy of highest praise, and to honor Him is shown to be not only the duty but the privilege of all.

Those who have called themselves Christians have united in recognizing that honor is always due to God; but even as long ago as in Isaiah's time complaint was made of the people who draw near to God "with their mouth, and with their lips do honour" Him, "but have removed their heart far from" Him. It is therefore very plain to be seen that truly to honor God means vastly more than mere lip service.

There is no question but that to honor God includes giving to Him the heart's profoundest fidelity, the deepest devotion and reverence, the most absolute loyalty of thought, word, and deed. It must include the acknowledgment of His almightiness and grandeur, His infinite perfection and holiness. It must mean the understanding of Jesus' prayer, "Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever." To the Christian Scientist it also involves the understanding and demonstration, the acknowledgment and acceptance, of all that is included in Mrs. Eddy's elucidation of this concluding phrase in our Lord's Prayer, which she has interpreted in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 16, 17) as meaning, "For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All."

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