HIS FATHER HEARTSatan’s vices are strong and intentional, induced for the marring and destruction of soul, spirit, mind, and body.But God’s deliverance is mightier, intended for the healing, restoration, and sanctification of soul, spirit, mind, and body through the sanctifying work of Jesus Christ.Martin Luther captures the strain of these vices at work in a magnificent way and reminds us of the victory that is ours in Christ alone.------HIS DEARESTBy: Martin LutherIn devil’s dungeon chained I lay,The pangs of death swept o’er me.My sin devoured me night and dayIn which my mother bore me.My anguish ever grew more rife,I took no pleasure in my lifeAnd sin had made me crazy.
Then was the Father troubled soreTo see me ever languish.The Everlasting Pity sworeTo save me from my anguish.He turned to me His Father heartAnd chose Himself a bitter part,His Dearest did it cost Him.
Thus spoke the Son, “Hold thou to Me,From now on thou wilt make it.I gave my very life for theeAnd for thee I will stake it.For I am thine and thou art Mine,And where I am our lives entwine,The Old Fiend cannot shake it.”
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”John 10:10