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A Promise to Believe

May 21, 2019
By Martin Luther

The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when He delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.

PSALM 37:23-24

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A Promise to Believe

So far as the care and protection of God are concerned, we are loved no less than [the greatest saints]. As a sure pledge of this most tender and burning love we have God's Son, for whose sake the Father loves us and makes us sit in the heavenly places, as Paul says (Ephesians 2:6). We should know that what is stated very sweetly in Psalm 37:23-24 also applies to us. There we read: "The steps of a man are from the Lord, and He establishes him in whose way He delights; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord is the stay of his hand." Let us only believe, and give assent to, this promise. For just as parents guard their little ones with all care, lest perchance they fall, lest they stumble somewhere or offend, and, if they see a spot or mucus smeared on their cheeks, dry it and wipe it off—which an enemy or a stranger does not do—and if a feather sticks to their hair, comb and adorn it, so great also is God's care, love, and true fatherly feeling toward all who believe in Him.

From Lectures on Genesis (Luther's Works 5:278)

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