June 12

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

The devil never stops, tormenting believers.  On the inside, he afflicts them with fears.  On the outside, he torments them with the tricks of false teachers and the power of tyrants.  So at the conclusion of this psalm, David earnestly prayed that God, who had given him rich blessings, would continue to take care of him until the end.  He was asking God to grant him favor so that “goodness and mercy will follow” him all the days of his life. Then David explained how God would show his goodness and mercy: “I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”  He was saying, “Lord, you are the one who started all this.  You gave me your holy Word and made me one of your people who know honor, and praise you.  Continue to show me your favor so that I may stay close to your Word and never be separated from your holy kingdom.”

David asked for the same in Psalm 27.  He said, “One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to see him in his temple” (v. 4).

By his example, David teaches all believers that they should not become overconfident, proud, or presumptuous.  Instead, they should be afraid and pray that they don’t lose God’s rich blessings.  David’s example should wake us up so that we will pray diligently

Life of Luther

Barnas Sears, D.D.

An historic and comprehensive biography of early Christianity’s most influential leader of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther.

Controversial and visionary, Luther’s life is revealed in this rare presentation of his work as an educator and church leader. From his birth and childhood, to his religious education, and the events leading up to the Protestant Reformation, you will discover the views and experiences that led to his excommunication by the Pope in 1520. Correspondence and accounts shed further light on Luther’s defiant translation of the Bible from Latin to the language of the common man.

This unique biography is reproduced from an 1850 American Sunday School Union original, and in it you will be introduced to the pivotal life of this enigmatic man before, during, and after one of Christianity’s defining events.

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