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Beginning, Middle, and End

August 06, 2018
By Martin Luther

My mouth will praise You with joyful lips, when I remember You upon my bed, and meditate on You in the watches of the night.

PSALM 63:5-6

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Beginning, Middle, and End

This verse offers us religious instruction, namely, that to a lesser degree we might remember God evening and morning, so that thus He is Beginning and End for us and our every act and prayer begin with Him and come to a close in Him, as the Church prays and the holy fathers teach; indeed, that He also be the middle. "From Him and through Him, or with Him, and to Him are all things" (Romans 11:36). From Him, as to the beginning; through Him, or with Him, as to the middle; and to Him, as to the end, all our activities should be done and completed. And so "evening and morning and at noon we will declare" (Psalm 55:17), that is, at the end, the beginning, and the middle. . . . Note, however, that he attributes remembrance to the evening and meditation to the morning, and thereby in a striking way shows us the difference. For since the vexation and the tickling of the flesh are wont to be aroused upon the bed for the idle . . . remembrance is necessary, and not a perfunctory recall of God, but one must remain and go to sleep fixed on the meditation of God, so that it might somehow last also during sleep.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 63 (Luther's Works 10:304-5)

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