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God Is Faithful and Just

November 08, 2018
By Martin Luther

Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!

PSALM 106:1

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God Is Faithful and Just

This psalm teaches the true praise of divine goodness, namely, that to confess one's own evil to God is to give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. Hence the hypocrites who confess themselves to be righteous necessarily deny goodness. For goodness forgives sins which they do not have. Therefore God does not have goodness for them, but only righteousness and power. But it is dreadful to provoke God's righteousness and power. Therefore let us strive rather to provoke His goodness.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 106 (Luther's Works 11:345)

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