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Daily Reformation, Psalm 124:1-8

From the Reformer

When one is possessed with doubt, that though he call upon the Lord he cannot be heard, and that God has turned his heart from him, and is angry, cogitations which we suffer, which are forced upon us, he must against them arm himself with God’s Word, promising to hear him. As to the when and how God will hear him, this is stark naught; place, time, and person are accidental things; the substance and essence is the promise.

—Martin Luther, Table Talk

Pulling It Together

Your help is in the Name. It is not in the momentary deliverance. Your deliverance is as sure as the Father’s will, not in how you would have things go. “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” (Matt 26:39) If this were so for Jesus, how much more so for you?

What then should be your response to the “plagues and torments” of this life? Depend on the Name. Arm yourself with that Good Word that focuses faith on the Name. Do not depend on the timing of your deliverance; that will only produce additional doubts. Focus instead upon the Deliverer. He is the substance and essence of faith; the what and when are nothing. Depend upon Christ to deliver you when and as he will.

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

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