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Draw Me Out, Set Me Free

August 24, 2018
By Martin Luther

Let not the flood sweep over Me, or the deep swallow Me up, or the pit close its mouth over Me. . . . According to Your abundant mercy, turn to Me.

PSALM 69:15-16


Draw Me Out, Set Me Free

 He magnifies His mercy with us. But those who do not occupy themselves with such reflection consider His mercy of little value, in opposition to them Jonah 2:8 says: "Those who are vain forsake their own mercy." For he himself said with such deep emotion (Jonah 2:3): "I cried to Thee out of the belly of hell." . . . Thus all the prayers of the Psalms which are uttered in the person of Christ as being in hell, are also uttered in the person of the saints, as descending to hell in their mind and heart. Thus "the wicked shall be turned into hell, all the nations that forget God" (Psalm 9:17). For that reason whoever does not die with Christ and descend to hell will never rise and ascend with Him. Therefore He prays here, "Draw Me out, set Me free." All these are the most earnest prayers also of those who are occupied with meditating on hell, just as they are the prayers of Christ who was literally in hell.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 69 (Luther's Works 10:372)

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