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The Good Life

January 30, 2019
By Martin Luther

The LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.

PSALM 6:8

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The Good Life

God is so disposed that He gladly hears those who cry and lament, but not those who feel smug and independent. Therefore the good life does not consist in outward works and appearances but in a lamenting and sorrowful spirit, as we read in the fourth of these psalms (51:17): "The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise." And again (Psalm 34:18): "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted." Therefore weeping is preferred to working, and suffering exceeds all doing.

From Seven Penitential Psalms, on Psalm 6 (Luther's Works 14:145)

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