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Daily Devotion


The Creature and the Creator

September 14, 2018
By Martin Luther

They should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments.

PSALM 78:7


The Creature and the Creator


For this reason the Lord commanded the Gospel to be preached, that men might learn to believe and hope in God, to love heavenly things and despise the earthly, and that we might always have in memory the works which He did for us in the flesh. They increase hope and faith in a wonderful way. One who has forgotten and has no interest in such great things that the Lord has done for us, one who regards them as small and does not constantly give thanks, he, it is true, neither believes nor hopes in God and has truly forgotten His works. But he puts his hope in other things, namely, the creature, serving the creature rather than the Creator, "who is blessed forever! Amen" (Romans 1:25). If he had regard for the works of Christ and valued them and believed them to be true, he would undoubtedly understand that they had been set forth for him as an example and as a testimony of things to come, and he would certainly try to imitate Him by believing and hoping in Him and by despising all earthly things as He did.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 78 (Luther's Works 11:45)

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