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The Majesty of His Name

August 09, 2018
By Martin Luther

I cried to Him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue.

PSALM 66:17

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The Majesty of His Name

We theologians commonly mention the holy name of God so irreverently, especially in our arguing and even in our praying, because we do not know how to extol with our tongue. And we argue so boldly about the Trinity of Persons, even though their three names are exceedingly formidable and should never be uttered without a trembling of the heart. We argue about the formal and real distinction the way a cobbler argues about his leather. I believe that we would be better instructed by God inwardly if we would take these so holy names into our mouth with humility and reverence than when we move ahead foolhardily through our subtleties. For thus the saints, when they have taken God's name into their mouth, are inwardly so stunned by the majesty of Him whom they have mentioned openly that they repent, as it were, for having taken His name into their mouth. This is what it means properly to extol with the tongue.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 66 (Luther's Works 10:322)

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