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Everything Turns Out Just Fine

December 17, 2018
By Martin Luther

The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous.

PSALM 118:14-15

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Everything Turns Out Just Fine

Under "singing" I include not only making melody or shouting but also every sermon or public confession by which God's work, counsel, grace, help, comfort, victory, and salvation are glorified before the world. The Holy Spirit refers to such singing wherever in the Psalter and the Scriptures songs, hymns, and psalms are mentioned. As verse fourteen puts it: "The Lord is my Strength and my Song; He has become my Salvation." God wants to be praised, glorified, honored, and confessed by us in His works and wonders. Faith does this, for faith cannot be silent but must say and teach what it believes and knows about God, to the glory of God and the instruction of man, as Psalm 116:10 says: "I believed, therefore have I spoken." If faith did not break forth, speak up, and confess, it would not be a true faith, even though it has to suffer and be cursed and persecuted, as the same psalm continues: "I was greatly afflicted." But faith has a Helper who is its Salvation. Verse fourteen teaches that such persecution does not harm our salvation but must promote it; for it defies and blasphemes God, so that He is driven to help, and the righteous are compelled to call on God and to pray to Him. Thus everything turns out just fine.

From Commentary on Psalm 118 (Luther's Works 14:81)

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