Here we go. There is no more preparation and this lesson is the first step onto the road we have been seeking. This is the nuts and bolts of living the path of truth. We are back to doing the work in the cycle of three and what we see is a kind of initiation that provides a starting point. The ideas in the six paragraphs of this lesson follow the sequence of meanings in the cycle of the first twenty-one psalms.
We have spent a whole day praising Godís name and so we have created a break in the chain of cause and effect that thoughts make of our lives. We temporarily put ourselves in the place of holiness and so, these six ideas become a description of who we are; or at least, who we want to become. It's not surprising that this might be true and it's not a surprise where it leads. The whole story has been already told; humans seek the truth, some find it and some don't.
25. The Secret
I give myself and all that I will ever be to You, my Lord. I put my trust in You, my God; donít let me down and donít let my enemies triumph over me. Let no one who waits on You be ashamed, that is for the guilty and those that cause trouble for no reason.
Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Lead me to your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation and I am always looking for your instruction. Remember your forgiving ways as it has always been from the old times. Donít remember the sins of my youth or the mistakes I still make; according to your mercy remember only the good for your nameís sake.
Good and upright is the Lord, and He will teach sinners the way of truth. All his paths show mercy and truth to those of us who keep his rules and remember His words. For your nameís sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity; for it is great.
What value does a man have if he does not fear the Lord? Only those that do can be taught and it will be in a way the Lord shall choose. His soul will be at ease and his kind will inherit the earth.
The secret of the Lord is with those that fear Him, and He will show them the truth.
I am always looking for His help, the Lord shows me the right path. Turn to me, O Lord, and have mercy on me, for I am alone and in trouble. My grief grows, bring me away from this pain. Look on my distress and affliction and forgive me for my doubts. My enemies are many and they wish me their despair.
O keeper of my soul, deliver me and take the guilt away; for I have put my trust in You. Redeem your people, O God, out of all their trouble.
We go through the cycle of doing, thinking and feeling two times in this lesson. First, the actions of submission and trust lead to victory. Then instruction and a kind, selective memory provides forgiveness and mercy. The Lord is great and good and upright and we can feel the effects of his pardon.
Only those who know fear, who have fear and show fear of the Lord can be taught. We are told the secret, that fearing the Lord and accepting his teaching will show the truth we are looking for. Our grief is real and our enemies are strong: the truth is that we need help. The prayer of benediction at the end brings about a state of being, a frame of mind that allows what is spoken to become real.
The seventh step is up to us. With the actions of our faith we become what we do and if we can spend a day praising, if we make our mind up and follow it, then we become the realization of Godís Kingdom on the earth.