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The Intellect, the Will, the Hand

September 08, 2018
By Martin Luther

I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember Your wonders of old.

PSALM 77:11

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The Intellect, the Will, the Hand

 

By the fullest kind of meaning, ["remember"] should be taken to refer to the persistence of any power in praise of God. Thus to remember means always to praise, give thanks, tell others, bless, not only with the tongue as in the physical synagogue but with the whole heart, with the tongue, and with the whole life. So the intellect remembers when it keeps busy meditating on these things; the will remembers when it keeps on loving and praying; the hand remembers when it is constantly active. For if it would remember this only once and with one stroke, it is not memory, but recollection. . . . To remember the works of God is not a bare contemplation of them but always to thank Him in them, and thus through them to place one's hope in God, fear Him, love Him, seek Him, and to hate evil and flee sin. He who acts thus shows that he is truly remembering the works of God and not forgetting them. But he who does otherwise certainly shows that he has forgotten.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 77 (Luther's Works 11:11-12)

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