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A Not-So-Quiet God

September 24, 2018
By Martin Luther

O God, do not keep silence; do not hold Your peace or be still, O God!

PSALM 83:1

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A Not-So-Quiet God

That is, "do not be quiet, do not be hidden, but begin to be manifested, and by word and deed show Yourself to be God." But the fact that he says "do not keep silence' shows that he is speaking about Christ's glorification in this life. For [in the first advent] it was not yet manifested to the eyes, but only to the ears, that Christ is God. Hence he does not say "do not be hidden" but "do not keep silence," that is, "bring it about that the proclamation of You as God is not silent but is preached publicly and as much as possible." Thus now our God comes manifestly not to the eyes but to the ears. Why? Because there follows: "Our God comes and does not keep silence" (Psalm 50:3). For He is not silent, but He speaks throughout the world in His preachers and manifests Himself to all for hearing.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 83 (Luther's Works 11:118-19)

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