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Friendly and Kindly Disposed

October 11, 2018
By Martin Luther

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us.

PSALM 90:17

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Friendly and Kindly Disposed

This verse asks God not to be offended at that remnant of sin which is still left in us because of our flesh, and not for this reason to deprive us of life and the remission of sins but rather to remain friendly and kindly disposed toward us. It also asks that we might remain friendly and kindly disposed toward Him. To show forth God in His glory does not mean to show how He is in Himself apart from us but to show that He is friendly toward us and glorious and filled with joy over us. And this our God, so Scripture says, rejoices over us when we are persuaded that He is not incensed at us but is our kind and lovable Friend. But this is an exceedingly essential petition, because "our flesh is weak" (Matthew 26:41), our heart trembles, and our conscience experiences the worst possible fears. . .. Therefore this petition is at the right place, for it causes us to say: "O Lord, Thou hast given us Thy Son. Preserve unto us this gift. We often sin in word, often in deed, more often in thoughts. All this impairs our joy. Whether, therefore, we sin, whether we are careless and ungrateful: continue nevertheless to be our God. Be a God who is kind and gracious. Therefore grant that we may be kept in the joy and peace of the Holy Spirit."

From Commentary on Psalm 90 (Luther's Works 13:138)

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