1955 Kailua Study Group
Joel S. Goldsmith
119B – Praise – Thanksgiving – Adoration
And so it really is a book, which is a hymn of praise. Now I ask you this. Is Hawaii in any way touched by it? Does the Pali mountain care about it? Or the flowers? Or the rivers? Or the ocean? Not a bit. They’re left entirely cold by all of that. Why? They’re not even aware of the book, or of the praises, or of the gratitude, or of the love, or of the appreciation. Because like our nightingale of the East, Hawaii just sings its song and says, what you do with it, or how you receive it or appreciate it is your demonstration. I’m still going on singing my song of beauty, joy, and so forth.
But what has it done to the man, Don Blanding? Ahhh, that’s quite a different thing. Even from a practical standpoint, it’s made him nationally known. Even from a practical standpoint, it’s made him, island wise, known and loved and respected, and so forth. That’s what it’s done for him. Do you see that? That’s our relationship to God. Our hymns of praise and gratitude do nothing at all for God, but oh what they do to us, for us, and within us. Ah, even in a practical way, you’ll soon find that love, appreciation, gratitude, joy, receptivity, responsiveness to life, truth, and love, to God, changes the whole physical body as well as the mind of man. It is a whole chemistry action in the mind and body.
So it is that one who certainly was wise in his day, our good friend over here, David…
Oh Lord our God, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth. Who has set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength, because of thine enemies, that thou mightiest still the enemy and the avenger. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which thou hast ordained, what is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him. For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands. Thou hast put all things under his feet: all sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field, the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the path of the seas. O Lord our Lord, how excellent in thy name in all the earth.
Can you imagine what was happening in the heart, and soul, and spirit, and mind, and body of that man as he was singing such praises, such…Just think, the heavens, he was speaking, and the earth, and the oxen, and realizing that God gave man dominion over all of this. Think of that relationship now that exists between David and God. And where does it exist? In David.
As far as God’s concerned, it was there yesterday and the day before yesterday, and it was available for all of those stupid sinners, thieves, money changers in the temple. Just think. It was all there for them too. But could they avail themselves of it? No. No, only a man who can look up and see that the skies are something more than a color up in the air; only a man who can look at the sea, and see the fishes and the coral and the beauties under the sea; only a man who can look out and see, not just a garden, but what does a garden signify, and how did it get there to begin with? And can see the glory of God in the green grass. Do you see that? That is what transforms the soul of an individual from an animal to a man, and then a little lower than the angels, and then a little bit later, perhaps right up there with the angels too.
I will praise thee, this is Psalm 9, I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart. David wasn’t wasting energy. He wasn’t wasting talent. He wasn’t being emotional. This is one of he wise men of his day. I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart. I will show forth all thy marvelous works. Do you see that humility in there? I will show them forth, but what are they? Thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee. Not in my powers. Not in my beauty. Not in my strength. Not in my spirituality. I will be glad and rejoice in thee.
I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High, when mine enemies are turned back. They shall fall and perish at thy presence. For thou hast maintained my right and my cause. Thou “satest” in the throne, judging right. Thou hast rebuked the heathen. Thou hast destroyed the wicked. Thou hast put out their name forever and ever. O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end, and thou has destroyed cities, but the Lord shall endure forever. He hath prepared his throne for judgment, and He shall judge the world in righteousness. He shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.
This is in contradiction to all the sense testimony of that day.
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble, and they that know thy name will put their trust in thee, for thou Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
He didn’t say that the people weren’t forsaken of the world. Only those that seek thee, who find thee, who rest in thee, who acknowledge thee, who maintain that conscious union, which is given in the 15th Chapter of John, or the 1st chapter of the 91st Psalm. Those who dwell in the secret place of the most High, those who live and move and have their being in acknowledgment of God as the source of all experience, to them God has never deserted them.
Ah, but to the man who knows how wise he is, and how great, and how strong, and what muscles he’s got? Ah ha. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee. What is that name? Is there such a thing as a name? No, not a name, but those that know thy nature, that know the nature of God; those that know the nature of God as the love that paints all of these colors in Hawaii; those who know the nature of God as the source of the gentleness and the goodness, and of the righteousness; those who know the nature of God as omnipresence, as that which is, and has been, and forever will be—Not to be attained; here and now to be realized.
Those who know the nature of God, they also know the nature of prayer, because this man is praying. David is praying hard, and he isn’t asking God for any favors. He is acknowledging God in all His ways, even as the creative principle of the mountains and the skies and the seas, and that which stocks the air with birds and the seas with fish. That is the nature of prayer. Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion. Declare among the people his doing…The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made. Do you see the cosmic law there? The evil we do is our punishment. It isn’t a God of punishment.
The heathen sink down in a pit that they themselves have made. God does not visit iniquity upon anyone. God is too pure to behold iniquity, but every trap that we build for somebody, we end up in. The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made. In the net which they hid is their own foot taken. Do you see where cosmic law comes in as we have revealed it here in the message of The Infinite Way? Every snare and every trap that we have set, every device that we have used for the undoing of another, we fall into. By virtue of God? No, by virtue of our having done it.
And that takes us back to the first part of this lesson today, that on the other hand, every bit of God realization lifts us up above and sets us free from the thoughts and things of the world. Listen. The Lord is known by the judgment, which He executeth. The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Why you remember I have been trying ever since a year ago at the Alexander Young Hotel, to reveal the secret of cosmic consciousness, that there is no God of punishment. There is no such thing. The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. And remember this isn’t speaking to evil. There are none of us here that are consciously evil, but it means that we are paying the penalty of that which we accept within ourselves as truth or error.
In other words, the moment I say you are a human being, oh you are a good one and you are not so good, I have set the trap for my own self, because I have borne false witness against my neighbor. You are not a human being, not even a good one, because there is none good but God, and there is none evil; evil is not a reality. Only then in the degree that I can bear witness to the fact that God made heavens and earth and certainly then God made man a little lower than the angels; only as I am bearing witness to the spiritual nature of individual you and me, only then have I destroyed the snare, the traps, the delusions, the nets, and have I become free? For the needy shall not always be forgotten. The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever. Arise O Lord. Let not man prevail. Let the heathen be judged in thy sight. Put them in fear, O Lord, that the nations may know themselves to be but men.
Ah, when we know that the nations are but men, that is when we take from them their power. That is the function that we can play in world history today. You see, there is a mistaken belief that men and women are spiritual beings, divine ideas. There is a mistaken belief that every animal and every insect is of the life of God. That is a trap. It is a misunderstanding that comes through not correctly understanding the writings of those who do know, and of course through accepting the writings of those who are emotionally unstable, and do not know.
For instance, when you read Allen Boone’s books, whether it’s Letters To Strongheart, or Kinship With All Life, and incidentally I may say, Allen is one of those who do know, who does know, you first get the impression that a fly or an ant is a child of God, or that the dog, Strongheart, was a spiritual idea. If you get that idea, you’re wrong. Just the same, if you have gathered the idea from The Infinite Way that men and women are spiritual children of God, you’re all wrong.
Only God is God, and only God is man, and only God is life, and only God is the life of individual being, but you have never seen, heard, tasted, touched, or smelled that life! If you can see it, hear it, taste it, touch it and smell it—it is not of God. It is an object of material sense, that which the Psalmist called the nations of men, or man whose breath is in his nostril… what, wherein should he be taken account of. Do you see that? On this point comes the Christ consciousness.
The Christ never did say that the money changers in the temple were spiritual ideas. Never! Never did the Christ say that a mortal man…Why, if he had believed that, he would have carried his message to the Romans, and the Greeks, and the Scribes, and the Pharisees, and the Sadducees, and all the rest of this world that he refused to carry it to. He said “I am come to those only of my own household.”
Who were those of “my own household?” You, you who have opened your consciousness to spiritual vision. And that spiritual vision is given you by grace, and that grace is the Son of God in you.
If all men and women on earth were spiritual beings, it would be a sin for us to sit in this room and have such lesson as we have here. These should all be done down in the radio station, so that everybody in the world could hear them.
Ah, but you can’t give this message to man whose breath is in his nostril, because he isn’t a spiritual idea, he isn’t a child of God, he isn’t an immortal being—he’s of the “nation of men” doomed to destruction.
You are only a spiritual being, when the Spirit of God comes alive in you: “if so the Spirit of God dwell in you, then are ye the children of God.” That’s the secret. You are mortals, born in sin, doomed to hell, limitation, sin, fear, death—until such time as the Son of God is raised up in you. To them gave He power to become the Sons of God. Who? To them that believe, who understand.