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Daily Devotion


Hope and Believe

January 19, 2019
By Martin Luther

Kiss the Son, lest He be angry.... Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.

PSALM 2:12


Hope and Believe

There are two worlds, as it were. The one is the devil's, in which men are secure, proud, neglecting God and the Gospel. . .. The other is Christ's. In it are the afflicted and miserable men who are disturbed by the sense of their sins and fear punishment for their sins, eternal death, and the wrath of God. And yet, because they see that the Son of God was made a sacrifice for their sins, they have hope for mercy. The Holy Spirit comforts them with the marvelous word: "Blessed are all who take refuge in Him," or hope. At the same time, however, He teaches about the true worship of God. To worship God means nothing else than to put one's whole trust in this King and to depend upon His aid and support against death, sin, and Satan. The word "hoping," then, explains the kiss about which He spoke above; as if He wished to say: "Behold this King, be joyful and happy, and fill your heart with good thoughts about God through this Son, whom the Father proposes you should kiss. For everything else in the world, even the most holy life, good works, or your righteousness, will make you sad, will not offer consolation or aid against death and sin. In this Son, however, you will find the fountain of salvation and comfort. Do not only hope in Him, then, but firmly believe that you are blessed when you believe in Him."

From Commentary on Psalm 2 (Luther's Works 12:92-93)

January 19