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A Gracious God

September 02, 2018
By Martin Luther

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

PSALM 73:26

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A Gracious God

Is it not great and deplorable wretchedness that we fear and shun Him concerning whom Holy Scripture so often asserts that He has become our Refuge from generation to generation? Indeed, if father and mother forsook us and cast us off, He would receive those who have been cast off, as Psalm 27:10 states: "My father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me up." Therefore if all creation were to declare nothing else than that you are lost, cursed, and damned, you would nevertheless have to say with Psalm 73:25-26: "Just as long as I have Thee, my flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." What do I care if only I have a gracious God?

From Lectures on Genesis (Luther's Works 7:335-36)

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