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The daily Luther

3rd December

But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself.

Interpretation of Martin Luther ...

The daily Luther

3rd December

But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself.

Psalm 4 (iv)

This is as if He wanted to say: "Why do you dither and blunder hither and thither and why do you go running all over the place seeking advice and help and why do you take comfort in any old consolation or other? It's all futile, it doesn't help you and all these things are lies with which you deceive yourselves". See and know, hear and believe. Firm and unchangeable is this proposition: "Whoever wants to be a saint of God, whoever wants to receive His grace and be pleasing and acceptable to Him has to realise that God is incomprehensible in His Existence in that person's own being." You will never experience this wonderful incomprehensibility if your advice or help or any other creaturely help can be of avail. For it could hardly be called a miracle if it does not overstretch your understanding. But if you despair of yourselves and everything else and commit the matter to the Divine Will, then your justification will break out like light and He will defend your cause (...) but all this will take place in a manner and at a time that neither you nor any one else can imagine.

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