This morning I opened the study book my church is using, “Fighting for Grace”, for the book of Galatians. Toward the end of this week’s study I read a quote by Martin Luther, “He who sees God as angry does not see Him rightly, but only looks upon a curtain, as if a dark cloud had been drawn across his face.”                    

Luther studying the Bible

Luther explained how he didn’t understand “the righteousness of God” talked about in Romans. For many years he believed the phrase meant that God was righteous and dealt justly with the unrighteous. The problem was Luther knew he was unrighteous and couldn’t see how he would ever stand before God based on his own good works. Then he grasped that the righteousness of God revealed in the gospel is the righteousness by which through grace and sheer mercy, God justifies US by faith!

Finally, Luther’s veil was removed!  He was made righteous by trusting God to cover him with the works of Christ, who died and rose again to save him.

Luther’s testimony touched me, but the day before I had jotted down a verse I wanted to cross reference. “Your name and even your memory is the desire of our souls.” Isaiah 26:8. The second reference was Isaiah 25. Verses 1 and 4 really stood out to me:

O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.

You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.

But then I came to verses 6 through 9:

On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine–the best of meats and the finest of wines. On this mountain he will destroy the veil (or curtain!) that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever.

Immediately, Luther’s words came back to me… “but only looks upon a curtain, as if a dark cloud had been drawn across his face.” Only God can remove that veil, only God can swallow up the death we are destined for.

And as I read further I thought of how God turned Luther’s sorrow to joy as he realized that Christ had already secured his righteousness. In the same chapter of Isaiah God makes His famous promise to wipe away the tears from all faces and remove the disgrace of his people.

The chapter ends saying, “This is our God. This is the One we have waited for.”

The verse reminded me of a song we often sing at church and I quickly looked it up on You Tube. It’s a Chris Tomlin song and guess what it’s based on? Isaiah 25!

I was so amazed by how the Lord met me in everything I read. It was almost as if I danced with Him, turning in and out of His arms to a melody He wanted to share. What God is as tender? What God compares? Truly…

This is my God.

Listen to Tomlin’s song here:

This is Our God

This is Our God

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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