Luther Quote of the Day

Furthermore, it should be noted that to depart from the counsel and law of the Lord is complete ungodliness. But to be in the counsel of the ungodly means that a person who has put aside the counsel of God, which he should observe, does other things and rests on his own inventions, as we learn from Ps. 81:12. This happens more often under the guise of a greater good, and yet God has no need whatever of our goods. All He demands is obedience, “for the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods” (Ps. 95:3). Again, “Heaven is My throne” (Is. 66:1). Again, “The earth is the Lord’s” (Ps. 24:1). All of this gives expression to this: “What is the house which you would build for Me?” (Is. 66:1), as if to say, “I need nothing of your mighty works, since I could do greater ones. What I demand is obedience.”

On Psalm 1.


Luther’s works, vol. 10: First Lectures I

Psalms 1-75

p 33




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