Luther’s Lectures on the Psalms contain many declarations concerning the Scriptures, including the following where he points out the need to constantly go back to them and to approach them with humility (bolded by me):
“What pasture is to the beast…, the nest for the birds, the stream for the fish, the Scriptures are for the believing souls. To the arrogant, of course, they are a stumbling block; he will have nothing to do with them, since they offer him nothing. But to him who approaches the Scriptures with humility they open themselves and themselves produce humility, change man from a desperate sinner into a child of God. They give everything which the soul needs, and it is to tempt God, if anyone will not be satisfied with the Scriptures. They are the fountain from which one must dip. Each word of the same is a source which affords an inexhaustible abundance of water to everyone who thirsts after saving doctrine. God’s will is completely contained therein, so that we must constantly go back to them. Nothing should be presented which is not confirmed by the authority of both Testaments and agrees with them, It cannot be otherwise, for the Scriptures are divine; in them God speaks and they are His Word.” Lectures on the Psalms, 1513-1515
I encourage you to “constantly go back to” the Scriptures with humility, knowing that that “in them God speaks and they are His Word” that they may give to you “everything which the soul needs”.
To help you and your family to regularly go to “the fountain” of Scriptures and be “satisfied”, we introduced A Guide for Daily Prayer and Meditation on November 27 (the start of the new church year). With the help of the Lord, we hope to further develop the guide to be a beneficial tool for you. Each week, the guide will be prepared and included with the Sunday bulletins and posted on the Zion website. We hope you will use it to enhance your current practice or to develop a new practice of daily prayer and meditation in God’s Word. As you try it out, please let me know how it is working for you and if you have suggestions on how to improve its use.
As we have now entered the Season of Advent, the church emphasizes our Lord coming to us in four ways: 1) coming through the prophets pointing to Christ’s birth, 2) coming in the flesh as a baby in Bethlehem, 3) coming to us now in Word and Sacraments, and 4) the final coming at the end of the world. In addition to Sunday Divine Services, please join us for Wednesday meals (5:30p) and worship (6:30p) as we gather to contemplate and prepare for His coming. Then on Christmas Eve at 6:30pm, we’ll have a candlelight service before returning 9am Sunday, December 25, to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord.