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Fountain of Grace

June 12, 2019
By Martin Luther

Grace is poured upon Your lips; therefore God has blessed You forever.

PSALM 45:2

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Fountain of Grace

From [Christ's] mouth, as from some overflowing fountain, the richest promises and teachings stem, and with these He strengthens and comforts souls. So the things you hear daily about this Christ are what the poet depicts, as you see, however briefly, yet with distinctive words and the loveliest poetry: Grace is on the lips of this King, and not only that, it overflows, so that you may understand how abundantly this fountain of grace flows and gushes forth. As though he said: "Our King has wisdom such as no man has, namely, the sweetest and loveliest wisdom; He helps the penitent, comforts the afflicted, recalls the despairing, raises up the fallen and humiliated, justifies sinners, gives life to the dying. And whatever there is in addition to this, that the Word of salvation accomplishes, that He does in rich abundance." It is, therefore, a sweet and delightful wisdom, worthy of such high praise. Therefore He says in Isaiah 50:4: "The Lord has given Me the tongue of those who are taught," the Lord has given Me a fluent tongue, "that I may know how to sustain with a word him that is weary."

From Lectures on Psalm 45 (Luther's Works 12:211-12)

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