Peter Martyr’s second (and final) prayer from the second Psalm, in which he prays that we will more firmly establish Christ as our only king.
Although, God Best and Greatest, the Devil rages, the powers of the world rise up daily, and the flesh together with its servants conspire against the Kingdom of your Only-Begotten [Son], our Lord Jesus Christ:
We nevertheless understand and are persuaded with steadfast faith that you laugh and scorn all [adversaries] of this kind–you who, as soon as it will have pleased you, have power to crush them in your anger and fury.
Since we are sometimes weak in this faith, so that we, strained by various terrors, obey your commandments less than were proper, we ask that you be propitious to us for the sake of your goodness, so that we may firmly be convinced that your Son, our King and Redeemer, holds the highest power before you over all things. For when you begot him, you handed over to him all nations for his inheritance, to be ruled by right.
Grant, therefore, that at long last we may be truly wise, and so instructed that we, by serving you with all fear and honor, not be destroyed at the last day by the rod of your indignation like a potter’s vessel:
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
E.J. Hutchinson is Assistant Professor of Classics at Hillsdale College.
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