• October 22, 2020

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Ezra 2 Hebrews 13:17-24

    “The Peace that Comes from God”

    “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
    [Philippians 4:4-7]

    This peace of God is not to be understood as that peace in which God is quiet and content with Himself, but rather as that peace which He puts into our hearts so that we are content … reason knows no peace except that which comes when evil ceases … but those who rejoice in God are satisfied that they have peace with God. They remain bold in affliction, do not desire the peace that reason chooses, namely, the cessation of evil?

    Rather, they stand firm and await inner strength through faith. They do not ask whether the evil will be and remain short or long, temporal or eternal – they also do not think or care how it will end – but they let God be in charge. This is the peace of the cross, the peace of God, the peace of conscience, Christian peace, which makes a person outwardly calm, satisfied with everyone, and upset about no one. It is the work of God, with which no one is familiar except the person who has experienced it.

  • October 21, 2020

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Ezra 1 Hebrews 13:1-16

    “Christ for Us”

    “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sons.” [Hebrews 12:3]

    Look and see what superabundant riches the Christian faith has for us! All these works and the suffering of Christ Jesus are given to the Christian to become His own, so that he may rely on them as if he had done them himself and they were his own. As has been said; “Christ did them not for Himself, but for us.” He had no need of them, but amassed the treasure for us, so that we can cling to it, believe it, and possess it. Moreover, such faith brings with it the Holy Spirit. What more should God do? How could a heart refrain from being free, joyous, eager, and willing in God and Christ?

    
    
    
  • October 20, 2020

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Ezekiel 48 Hebrews 12:18-29

    “Christ’s Kind Heart”

    “Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”
    [Hebrews 12:3]

    Press on through to look at Christ’s kind heart, how it is full of love toward you, love which compels Him to the difficult task of carrying your conscience and your sin. In that way your heart delights in Him, and the confidence on your faith is strengthened … when your heart has thus been established in Christ, and you have become an enemy of sin out of love, and not of fear of pain, then the suffering of Christ should further be an example for your whole life, and you should reflect on that suffering in a different way … Christ’s suffering must be dealt with not in words and pretense, but in our lives and in truth. Thus, St. Paul admonishes us: “Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” [Heb. 12:3] St. Peter also writes: “As Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking” [1st Peter 4:1].

  • October 19, 2020

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Ezekiel 47 Hebrews 12:7-17

    “In Christ, Christians Can Bear Everything”

    “My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
    [Matthew 11:30]

    Whatever there is of a cross or suffering to be borne in our life, it is able to be sustained. The yoke that Christ lays upon us is sweet, and His burden is light [Matthew 11:30]. When sin has been forgiven, and the conscience has been liberated from the burden and the sting of that sin, the Christian can bear everything. We can do this because, in Christ, everything within us is sweet and pleasant, and our soul will then willingly suffer all things for our Lord. But when we go along in our own righteousness, then whatever we do and suffer becomes painful and tedious for us, because at that point we begin to suffer for Christ, we feel, in an unwilling manner. This becomes something for a Christian to think of, as they sit at home in front of the fire in the evening with their family, remembering the day past, and the day to come.

  • October 16, 2020

    Praying the Psalms with Luther

    READ: Ezekiel 44 – 46 Psalm 119 Hebrews 11:13 – 12:6
    [Yes, Psalm 119 has 176 verses, but you have all weekend]

    The 199th Psalm is a long Psalm, containing many prayers, comforts, instructions, and thanks in great number. It is chiefly written to make us excited about God’s Word. It praises God’s Word throughout and warns us against both the false teachers and against boredom and contempt for the Word. This is truly a Psalm of comfort. It’s primary concern is that we have God’s Word in it’s purity and hear it gladly everyday of our lives.

    PRAY: Lord God, You are good and gracious, and most heartily do we thank You that You have granted us to read and to hear this song in which You commend to us Your heavenly Word. And now, prepare a place for it in our hearts, that it may shine in us a bright, heavenly light, dispelling the night of unbelief and sin, and filling our souls with the love of Jesus, our Savior. Amen and Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

  • October 15, 2020

    Praying the Psalms with Luther

    READ: Ezekiel 43 Psalm 127 Hebrews 11:1-12


    The 127th Psalm is a Psalm of instruction. It teaches us that worldly authority and household order are nothing less than God’s gifts, and rest only in His hand. For where He does not give peace and good government, there no wisdom, order, or armor that can hold onto peace. Where He does not give good fortune, with wife, spouse, and workers, there all care and work will amount to nothing.

    PRAY: For the benefit of all mankind, O Lord, You instituted Holy marriage, and have promised to bless therein every house in which dwells Your fear. Yes, Lord, even You sit at the fireside of them, that love You, as Your own hearth and home. Cause Your peace to dwell under our roof, and bless the labors of our hands. Amen.

  • October 14, 2020

    Praying the Psalms with Luther

    READ: Ezekiel 42 Psalm 125 Hebrews 10:32-39


    The 125th Psalm is a Psalm of thanks. It gives thanks that God will not forever tolerate the power of the ungodly teachers and officials over those who truly believe, teach, and hope in him. Therefore, the Christian need not be weary, and for that reason fall away from the Word, but they would give all blessings to those who hope in Him.

    PRAY: O Lord, who did not forsake Your people, who protected Zion with an outstretched arm, and defended Jerusalem with a mighty hand, restrain the wicked, convert the sinners, turn the hearts of our enemies, cover us with the shadow of Your wings, save Your Church in these perilous times, and always grant us the enjoyment of Your peace in Jesus, our Savior. Amen.

  • October 13, 2020

    Praying the Psalms with Luther

    READ: Ezekiel 41 Psalm 123 Hebrews 10:19-31

    The 123rd Psalm is a Psalm of prayer against the arrogant and the proud who despise and scorn God’s Word and His little ones. Not only the nations considered the God and worship of the children of Israel to be a work of foolishness, yes, they even thought it to be error and sedition. Even among the Israelites themselves, the worship of idols and false gods, the false teachers with their multitudes, also arrogantly and securely despised and scorned the little land and the true teaching, as Psalm 12 and 14 lament. What a sad time in Israel – how sad that is repeated in every generation.

    PRAY: Lord Jesus, seated at the right hand of Your Father, and Lord of heaven and earth, restrain the enemies of Your Church, and uphold Your faithful followers. Let not the scorn of the world and the mockery of he proud cause us to fall away from You, but grant us courage to confess Your name unto our end, and cause the wicked to see Your power, and the upright to see Your truth. Amen.

  • October 12, 2020

    Praying the Psalms with Luther

    READ: Ezekiel 40 Psalm 122 Hebrews 10:11-18

    The 121st Psalm is a Psalm of comfort in which the psalmist comforts us by His example, so that we may remain strong in faith and wait for God’s help and protection. Although it appears as though He sleeps or slumbers so that are struck down by he sun by day and the moon at night, yet it is not so, though we may think and feel it to be so. For God watches and keeps us secure and does not let the sun strike us dead. This we will come to know for certain at last, though we can only look forward to it.

    PRAY: To You, O Lord, who has been our Father and our Patron, do we lift our eyes, knowing that from You alone can come our help and our salvation. Grant us a living trust in Your mercy and truth that our hearts do not fear when we must pass through the fire of trials or must wade through the waters of affliction, but always maintain a cheerful trust in Your help, through Jesus Christ. Amen.

  • October 09, 2020

    Praying the Psalms with Luther

    READ: Ezekiel 37 – 39 Psalm 88 Hebrews 9:1 – 10:10

    The 88th Psalm is a Psalm of prayer that prays in the person of Christ and all other great saints, lamenting the high spiritual suffering that is above all suffering, namely, the terror of God; this is what the psalmist calls death, the grave, and hell, as it truly is, causing miserable and pitiful conditions, St. Paul called it “the messenger of Satan” [2nd Corinthians 12:7] that beat on him with his fist, and a “thorn” in his body with which he was pierced. This Psalm also says that their friends and relatives, who should cry for them and suffer with them, are instead far from them.

    PRAY: Lord Jesus, who endured the pangs of death and the torment of hell for our sakes, be with us and save us from the despondency which would drive us to despair, and would swallow up our soul. Pour out abundantly upon us the Spirit of joy and comfort, to lift from us the burden and guilt of sin, and to strengthen and comfort us through Your sacred wounds. Amen.

  • October 08, 2020

    Praying the Psalms with Luther

    READ: Ezekiel 36 Psalm 87 Hebrews 8:1-13

    The 87th Psalm is a prophecy of the Holy Christian Church, that it shall be a city as wide as the earth, and in it shall be born Ethiopians, Egyptians, and other tongues and lands. This shall all happen through the Gospel, which shall preach the marvelous things of God, namely, the knowledge of God, how one may come to God, be freed from sin, and be saved from death through the salvific work of Jesus Christ.

    PRAY: Thanks be to You, our Heavenly Father, because You have called us into the Church of Your Son, Jesus Christ, and have begotten us again unto a lively hope through the Gospel. Keep us steadfast in the faith, that we may remain living stones in this Your spiritual temple to our last day, and cause us always to rejoice over Your salvation. Amen.

  • October 07, 2020

    Praying the Psalms with Luther

    READ: Ezekiel 35 Psalm 86 Hebrews 7:11-28

    The 86th Psalm is a Psalm of prayer. The title of it is “A Prayer of David.” It is easy to understand in this manner. In his distress, David calls on God against his enemies who seek to put him to death, whether it is Saul, Absalom, or whomever else seeks to destroy him. But we notice how richly and masterfully David praises God for His goodness, faithfulness, and power, that he may truly excite his own faith and bring warmth to his prayer, as we should also be excited when we pray.

    PRAY: O Lord Almighty, You alone are God, and besides You there is none other. Heaven is Your throne and the earth Your footstool. But seated on high You look upon the poor and lowly. Remember that we are dust and without You we can do nothing, and be Yourself our help and daily support. Remove the guilt our sin from us, and save us from the hand of our enemies, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

     

  • October 06, 2020

    Praying the Psalms with Luther

    READ: Ezekiel 34 Psalm 85 Hebrews 7:1-10


    The 85th Psalm is a Psalm of prayer in which the psalmist pleads against God’s wrath and seeks His grace. The wrath consists in this, that they have a lack of God’s Word and true preaching; also a lack of good government, peace, godly authority; and finally a lack of fruitful times and good harvest. These afflictions hang together, one with the other. Therefore, the Psalmist prays that God would speak again, so that His people will not fall into folly, blaspheme in impatience, nor seek other gods; so that peace, unity, truth, and love might wash over His people, and the land be fruitful; so that they can live a proper and honorable life in a God-pleasing way in peace and quietness, as St. Paul [1st Timothy 2:2] also teaches us to pray.

    PRAY: Remember not, O God, our transgressions or hold them against us, and record not our sins in Your book, but cast them into the depth of the sea, and remember them no more – forever. Impute to us the obedience of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who fulfilled all righteousness for us and gave Himself a sacrifice for our sins. Let us live for His sake, and enable us to walk worthy of our calling. Amen.

  • October 05, 2020

    Praying the Psalms with Luther

    READ: Ezekiel 33 Psalm 84 Hebrews 6:9-20

    The 84th Psalm is a Psalm of comfort. It praises God’s Word highly over all things and exhorts us to gladly give up all good things – glory, power, joy, and whatever we desire – that we may hold onto God’s Word. And if we should be like the doorkeeper, that is, the least of those in the Temple, this would still be far better than to sit in all the castles of the godless. For God’s Word gives victory, salvation, grace, glory, and all good things. Oh, how blessed are those who believe this and then keep it! But where are they? Even if they were slandered and despised, they would find the whole world to be theirs in abundance, prepared for them.

    PRAY: Praise and thanks to You, Lord, our God because You have granted us Your Word which shows us the way of salvation. By Your Holy Spirit work effectually is us through this Your Word, that it may prove in us a living and fruitful seed bringing a hundredfold, and that the fruit remain to eternal life. Amen.

  • October 02, 2020

    Praying the Psalms with Luther

    READ: Ezekiel 30-32 Psalm 128 Hebrews 4:1-6:8

    The 128thPsalm is Psalm of comfort in which the estate of marriage is splendidly praised. Marriage partners are given this great comfort: they should not look only at the trouble, work, and at times discouragement they feel and experience in marriage, but rather look at the gracious will of God toward them. Therefore, marriage is dear to Him, and gives it much more happiness than one would expect.

    PRAY: Thanks to You, our God, for instituting the holy estate of matrimony and preserving it for many ages against the assaults of that apostate spirit which is an enemy of all that is pure and godly. Make every house Your temple. Fashion the hearts of husband and wife to love children, and cause both parents and children to walk in the faith of Your Son, and be saved. Amen.