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Sure of Victory

June 16, 2019
By Martin Luther

Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King's enemies; the peoples fall under You.

PSALM 45:5


Sure of Victory

So our King is the defender and savior of the miserable, abounding in comfort toward the humble and distressed, completely victorious over His stubborn enemies. And we are really sure of victory if we hold fast to this King. What kind of kingdom would that be if we had to live continually surrounded by enemies, exposed to every-one's plots and weapons, always suffering and hard pressed? There must be some change, and those who have borne with so much must someday gain the victory. Victory is certain if only we persevere, as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 2:14: "I thank God who always causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus." Christians do not succumb to despair and lack of trust, they do not turn from the Word, they do not deny Christ. They persevere in teaching and confessing Him—at times strongly, but at other times feebly. For He is a conquering King and a King of the miserable. He can raise us up even though at times we are weak.

From Lectures on Psalm 45 (Luther's Works 12:229)

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