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In the Midst of God's Wonders

September 12, 2018
By Martin Luther

You with Your arm redeemed Your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph.

PSALM 77:15

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In the Midst of God's Wonders

 

He includes both [the literal and spiritual children of Jacob and Joseph], because he recounts the ancient miracles in order to prophesy the new ones in them. But who will see to it that we, too, will not be unfeeling in the midst of God's wonders, as they were? And who believes that we are in so many holy things today? The Lord does miracles everywhere. But since they are spiritual, they are not heeded. Certainly there are few who are mindful of the works of the Lord, who meditate on His wonders and exercise themselves in and speak about all His works. . . . But as I have said, he recounts the old and prophesies the new at the same time. For he saw that as the wonderful works of God in ancient times did not come about by the work of men, so he has in a much larger measure come to understand that all the works of God by which He redeems us and triumphs come about apart from the power of men. If the symbolic things were done by God, how much more the real and spiritual? So that all should abstain from boasting and confess to God. Hence, when Psalm 114 has recounted the works of God, there follows (Psalm 115:1): "Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy and Thy truth's sake."

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 77 (Luther's Works 11:29-30)

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