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Psalm 119:94

I am yours; save me,
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In a profound way, this one verse sums up all of scripture.  I am Yours.  God created me.  I am his being, not my own.  He can do with me as he pleases and it is right for him to do so.  Save me.  There is nothing I can do to save myself.  I am deserving of death and damnation.  I need him to save me.  I cannot do it on my own.  God did save me.  He became flesh and died for my sins.  I did not help.

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Psalm 118:18

Martin Luther once referred to Psalm 118 as his “own beloved psalm.”  What a glorious Psalm it is.  I’ve read it multiple times, but only recently did this one particular vers stick out to me.

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Wow.  What astounding words.  As filthy wretched sinners, we deserve nothing but death and damnation, but the Lord in his mercy has yet to give us over.  People often say, “If God really existed, he wouldn’t have let X happen.”  Yet scripture shows he disciplines us and any way that he choose is far gentler than what we deserve.  That fact that we have not yet been given over to death shows astounding mercy.

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Both Words and Works

111 [a] Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
    
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
    studied by all who delight in them.
Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
    and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
    the Lord is gracious and merciful.
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e provides food for those who fear him;
    he remembers his covenant forever.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
    in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
    all his precepts are trustworthy;
they are established forever and ever,
    to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people;

    he has commanded his covenant forever.
    Holy and awesome is his name!
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
    all those who practice it have a good understanding.
    His praise endures forever!

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The text in the above image comes from the Lutheran Study Bible.  The LORD is gracious and merciful well describes the Lord’s Supper.  “Take, eat; this is my body.”  The bread and the wine.  “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”  These are the words and works of the Lord.  What a wonderful image of the cross where the bread was broken and the wine was poured for the sins of all the world.

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