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Thy Will Be Done

December 06, 2018
By Martin Luther

I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD.

PSALM 116:13

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Thy Will Be Done

The text can be so arranged that the meaning is: "I see that if I want to hold fast to faith in Christ, to His Word and grace, it is necessary for me to be humbled exceedingly; yet, because this benefit and retribution of God pleases me more than this suffering displeases me, if this cup cannot pass away unless I drink it for the sake of His Word, well and good, the Lord's will be done. Nevertheless, because of such suffering I will not fall away from the Word, I will not be ungrateful, I will not give in, but I will in every way strive to be grateful, even in the midst of sufferings, lest I be like the one about whom it is said, 'He will praise you when you do well to him' (Psalm 49:18). But as for me, seeing that the gifts of God are so great that I do not know what I should render, I will nevertheless think of rendering, even if I must drink the cup, for He could perhaps withdraw it or He seemed to be able to do so, so that I might either not accept the gifts of God or not be thankful for what was received. Therefore, that I may be altogether thankful, I will even accept the cup, for it is salutary. And lest I trust in myself, I will call on His name. And thus not only when He does good to me but even in the midst of sufferings I will pay my vows, etc."

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 116 (Luther's Works 11:404)

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