I just finished reading Here I Stand, the biography of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton. I look forward to the day I feel the rugged embrace of Luther as two who are one in Christ, justified by faith alone. As I read one of Luther’s hymns in the final chapter of my book, I was moved to poetry by my fellow German and wrote what lies below.
Here I Stand
By David Huffstutler
In Honor of Christ
In Memory of Martin Luther
Satan nips my heels this day.
He bares his fangs and dares to say,
“You have guilt for many sins;
These deny your stand in Him!”
But one reply to tongues of two
With promises I know are true
Blunts his head as if with stone:
“Christ, not me, by faith alone!”
The serpent strikes; his venom stings.
Despite his slander, I shall sing,
“Sin brings death and I shall die,
But yet I sit with Him on high!”
He slithers by and bites my heel,
But soon his skull shall fully feel
The crush of Christ beneath my feet,
For, “Here I stand, in Christ, complete!”