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My God and My King

August 20, 2018
By Martin Luther

Your procession is seen, O God, the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.

PSALM 68:24

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My God and My King

God's "processions" represent His work, which is steadfast love and faithfulness. Thus we read in Psalm 25:10: "All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness." However, it requires great skill to recognize God's work and to let Him work in us, so that all our work will in the end be God's and not our own. This is the proper celebration of the Sabbath, to rest from our own works and to be full of God's works. All this is effected in us through faith, which teaches that we count for naught and our work no less. This is what the psalmist has in mind when he says: "Thy processions are seen and recognized." And the words "my God, my King" point to Christ, who is our King according to His human nature and who is God from eternity. No one can say "My God and my King" unless he regards God with the eyes of faith, not only as a God, not only as a King, but as his God and his King, as the God and King of his salvation. Neither is it possible to recognize the ways and works of God in the absence of that faith. Faith renders Him my God and my King, and brings me to a realization that all my works are, after all, not mine but God's. . . . Those who utter these words, "My God and my King," in holiness are truthful and sincere; they are the real believers.

From Commentary on Psalm 68 (Luther's Works 13:25-26)

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