Singing for Joy

I thank You that You have answered me and have become my salvation.
PSALM 118:21
Singing for Joy
This is a happy verse, singing out of pure joy: "Art Thou not a wonderful and delightful God, to govern us so amazingly and so kindly? Thou exaltest us when Thou humblest us. Thou makest us righteous when Thou makest us sinners. Thou leadest us to heaven when Thou castest us into hell. Thou grantest us the victory when Thou causest us to be defeated. Thou givest us life when Thou permittest us to be killed. Thou comfortest us when Thou causest us to mourn. Thou makest us to rejoice when Thou permittest us to weep. Thou makest us to sing when Thou causest us to cry. Thou makest us strong when we suffer. Thou makest us wise when Thou makest fools of us. Thou makest us rich when Thou sendest us poverty. Thou makest us masters when Thou permittest us to serve." Innumerable are the wonders included in this verse; and all Christendom together praises God for them in these few short words: "I thank Thee that Thou hast humbled me, and hast helped me again."

From Commentary on Psalm 118 (Luther's Works 14:95)
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