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Earnestly and Reverently Listen

November 28, 2018
By Martin Luther

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

PSALM 111:10

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Earnestly and Reverently Listen

If one would begin to become wise, one must fear God. One must truly regard it as God's Word; then everything can be learned easily. This is the one mistake, that many people hear God's Word, which is the pure wisdom of God, but learn nothing from it, because they regard it as a word, but not as the Word of God. They think they have mastered it as soon as they have heard it. But if they regarded it as God's Word, they would surely think: "Well, then, God is wiser than you and will say something great. So let us earnestly and reverently listen, as one ought to listen to a god." Behold, then the heart is beginning to become wise; for it earnestly desires to hear God's Word. God can teach such people anything through His Word. . .. Thus the prophet would teach us in this verse that we should hear His Word with fear and earnestness. Then we shall become wise and understand His psalm. To fear God is the same as to fear and honor His Word, for without God's Word we can have no God. . .. He who lives according to the Word of God has eternal glory and honor, and his praise will have no end; for he is adorned with the name of God, which is eternal, and he is decorated with divine glory, which has no end.

From Commentary on Psalm 111 (Luther's Works 13:385-87)

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