Given a life spent in scholarship and controversy, it is easy to forget how much energy Martin Luther devoted to helping the common person understand and take comfort from God’s word. This commitment extended to even the most challenging of biblical texts, and nowhere is this more apparent than Luther’s work on the lament psalms. Difficult to understand, and perhaps even more difficult to implement in life and devotion, the lament psalms played a key role in Luther’s thought. More importantly, the lament psalms were for Luther an essential part of the Christian’s understanding of the life of faith.
In Fruit for the Soul: Luther on the Lament Psalms Dennis Ngien helps contemporary readers engage Luther’s commentary on the lament psalms. What Luther intended for the education and encouragement of everyday Christians, Ngien unpacks and illuminates for life in the twenty-first century.
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Don't miss Luther‘s commentary on Psalms 1–22, a part of Henry Cole’s Select Works of Martin Luther.
- Shows how Luther learned to take comfort in God from the Psalms
- Explains how Luther understood suffering as a key component of the Christian Life
- Provides detailed analysis of Luther‘s exegesis
- Psalm 6: Consolation Hidden in its Opposite: Profoundly Terrified but Profoundly Comforted
- Psalm 51: No Other Theme but This: Wrapped in the Bosom of God Who Is Grace
- Psalm 77: Meditation on All God’s Works: Reaping Justification by Faith as the Fruit
- Psalm 90: Moses Being “Most Mosaic”: A Minister of Law, Sin, and Death
- Psalm 94: Praying against the Enemies: Negative Capability and Positive Agency
- Psalm 118: Soaring above Distress: The Efficacy of God’s Right Hand
About Dennis Ngien
Dennis Ngien is professor of systematic theology at Tyndale University College and Seminary and research professor of theology at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. He is the author of several books, including Gifted Response and Luther as a Spiritual Adviser.