Saturday, September 25, 2010

a meditation by Pastor Luther

"I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation" (Psalm 118:21)

This is a joyful verse.  It sings and dances along in sheer delight.  Are you not a wonderful and precious God, who rules over us so wonderfully and so graciously?  You exalt us when you humble us.  You justify us when you show us to be sinners.  You lead us into heaven when you cast us into hell.  You give us victory when you allow us to be defeated.  You bestow life on us when you give us over to death.  You comfort us when you allow us to grieve.  You make us joyful when you allow us to weep and lament.  You make us sing when you allow us to weep.  You make us strong when we suffer.  You make us wise when you make us fools.  You make us rich when you make us poor.  You make us master when you allow us to serve - and innumerable similar wonders are all contained in this one verse and for all of which Christian give thanks in these few words: "I give thanks to you, for you have chastened me and have become my salvation.

(Martin Luther: Day by Day We Magnify You - Daily Readings for the Entire Year, p. 346).

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