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Worship and Magnify Him

September 04, 2018
By Martin Luther

In Judah God is known; His name is great in Israel.

PSALM 76:1

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Worship and Magnify Him

Thus Christ was known in Judah (v. 1) in a threefold way. First, because the saints of the Old Testament had the knowledge and religion of the one true God. Second, and more properly, through the personal presence of the flesh, where He was known and appeared also to the senses. And so this psalm could also be applied to the Feast of the Epiphany, for there He who was born was also made manifest in the flesh, and there He became well-known for His whole life through miracles and teachings. In Titus we read: "The humanity of our Savior God has appeared." Third, and most properly, because then the revealed faith in Christ, the light of the Gospel, truth and righteousness, began to be manifested through the sending of the Holy Spirit. And this latter was and is the manifestation of Christ in the spirit, as the former was His manifestation in the flesh. The latter alone is saving. While the former did not benefit all to whom it was made, the latter is salvation for all to whom it appears. And that the psalm speaks above all about the latter is clear from what follows: And His name is great in Israel. The name of God is great wherever He is, and He is everywhere. But it is not called great except where it is known to be great, namely, in the mind and heart of one who worships and magnifies Him.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 76 (Luther's Works 11:6)

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