Martin Luther’s poem on Justification

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justification

This is the poem by Martin Luther that I read cried through in the sermon preached on Sunday, October 20th, on Matthew 20:1-16.

Justification

I do not come because my soul is free from sin and pure and whole and worthy of Thy grace;
I do not speak to Thee because I’ve ever justly kept Thy laws and dare to meet Thy face.
I know that sin and guilt combine to reign o’er every thought of mine and turn from good to ill;
I know that when I try to be upright and just and true to Thee, I am a sinner still.
I know that often when I strive to keep a spark of love alive for Thee, the powers within
Leap up in unsubmissive might and oft benumb my sense of right and pull me back to sin.
I know that though in doing good I spend my life, I never could atone for all I’ve done;
But though my sins are black as night, I dare to come before Thy sight because I trust Thy Son.
In Him alone my trust I place, come boldly to Thy throne of grace, and there commune with Thee.
Salvation sure, O Lord, is mine, and, all unworthy, I am Thine, for Jesus died for me!

Author: Tim Buczek