Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.
PSALM 33:1 (KJV)
Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
Some rejoice in the Lord by taking pleasure in the blessings of spiritual salvation. It is these the apostle encourages with the words (Philippians 4:4): "Brethren, rejoice in the Lord, and again I say, rejoice." At the same time these people have sadness in the world, for "blessed are those who mourn" (Matthew 5:4). Thus they have affliction in the world and peace in the Lord Christ at the same time. Therefore we read in 2 Corinthians 1:4: "Who comforts us in all our affliction."

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 33 (Luther's Works 10:152)
April 29
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