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Daily Devotion


The Most Effective Medicine

July 14, 2018
By Martin Luther

Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that You have broken rejoice.

PSALM 51:8


The Most Effective Medicine


We must believe that our God is "the Father of mercies and of all comfort" (2 Corinthians 1:3). We must believe that "the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His steadfast love (Psalm 147:11). We must know that He wants us to hope and that unless we hope, we shall undergo the punishment of eternal damnation. Why would He command us to hope unless He wanted to forgive us? Why would He surrender His only-begotten Son to such a shameful death if He did not want us to be saved through faith in Him? These statements and others like them are the true "sprinkling" and most effective medicine, with which the humbled bones are healed and the conscience strengthened. Those who doubt this will of God and look at their own unworthiness, at the fact that in holiness they are not equal to Paul and Peter – they can never have a quiet heart. ... You should draw the conclusion that David drew earlier: "I would rather be a sinner than that God should be a liar. When I hope for mercy, I do so with confidence in His Word, which is preached about Christ.”

From Commentary on Psalm 51 (Luther's Works 12:373)

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