Daily Reformation, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
From the Reformer
Komm Heil’ger Geist, Herre Gott
Come, Holy Spirit, God and Lord,
Be all Thy graces now outpoured
On the believer’s mind and soul,
And touch our hearts with living coal.
Thy Light this day shone forth so clear,
All tongues and nations gathered near,
To learn that faith, for which we bring
Glad praise to Thee, and loudly sing,
Thou Strong Defence, Thou Holy Light,
Teach us to know our God aright,
And call Him Father from the heart:
The Word of life and truth impart,
That we may love not doctrines strange,
Nor e’er to other teachers range,
But Jesus for our Master own
And put our trust in Him alone.
Thou Sacred Ardour, Comfort Sweet,
Help us to wait with ready feet
And willing heart at Thy command,
Nor trial fright us from Thy band.
Lord, make us ready with Thy powers,
Strengthen the flesh in weaker hours,
That as good warriors we may force
Through life and death to Thee our course.
—Martin Luther (1524), Lyra Germanica: The Christian Year,
translation by Catherine Winkworth, 1855
Pulling It Together
He seemed much like an animal to those with whom he came in contact. He ranged about with no apparent purpose, eating when he could and drinking almost always. He was loud, abusive, belligerent. He was often carried to jail, as much to keep himself from getting hurt as from harming others. Having no apparent rational thought, his life was a living abyss—nothing more than a chaos of one reaction to stimuli after another. Then the Spirit of God hovered upon the face of that deep and light came in where only darkness ever seemed to have existed. Miraculously (for there is no other word for it), he changed. His life was calm and ordered; he knew peace and offered it to others. Those who knew him beheld nothing less than a new creation.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers