The Bare Word

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Daily Reformation, Psalm 48:1-13

From the Reformer

But we must take fast hold on God’s Word, and believe all true which that says of God, though God and all his creatures should seem unto us other than as the Word speaks, as we see the Canaanitish woman did. The Word is sure, and fails not, though heaven and earth must pass away. Yet, oh! how hard is this to natural sense and reason, that it must strip itself naked, and abandon all it comprehends and feels, depending only upon the bare Word. The Lord of his mercy help us with faith in our necessities, and at our last end, when we strive with death.

—Martin Luther, Table Talk

Pulling It Together

See! How it fails and falls! Everything you ever put your trust in: parent, friend, spouse, child, vocation, strength of health or finances. All fails before long. Walk through the story of your life and see the truth of it. If these things are your strong towers and fortresses, all is lost. There is but One Strong Tower to defend you: the Lord of hosts, the resolute Word alone. Put all your trust in the strong arm of the word of the Lord and he will never fail you — though all else does. Great is the Lord!

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

1 Comment

  1. Mark Post author

    “One thing, and only one thing, is necessary for Christian life, righteousness, and freedom. That one thing is the most holy Word of God, the gospel of Christ.” — Martin Luther

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