To the Very End

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
PSALM 23:6
To the Very End
Because the devil never stops tormenting the believers—inwardly with terror, outwardly with the wiles of false teachers and the power of the tyrants—the prophet here at the end earnestly asks that God, who has given him this treasure, would also keep him in it to the end. . .. Blessed David, a prophet enlightened with all kinds of divine wisdom and knowledge and endowed with so many kinds of great and splendid gifts of God, prayed often and earnestly that he might remain in possession of the blessings of God. We, then, who surely must be considered as nothing at all in comparison with David and who, besides, live at the end of the world—and that, as Christ and the apostles tell us, is a horrible and dangerous time—ought much more to awake and to pray with all earnestness and diligence that we may remain in the house of the Lord all the days of our life, that is, that we may hear God's Word, through it receive the many kinds of blessings and fruit that were shown us above, and endure therein unto the end. May Christ, our only Shepherd and Savior, grant us this! Amen.

From Commentary on Psalm 23 (Luther's Works 12:178-79)
March 27
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