Martin Luther appeared before Emperor Charles V in April 1521, during which time Luther defended his writings and concluded, “Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me.”
The Prophet Samuel sounded the “Here I stand” trumpet when he stood before Israel to chastise the people for demanding that a king rule over them (instead of relying on God’s leading through anointed judges). Before Samuel launched into defense of his accusation, he challenged Israel to point out any flaws in his own character: “Here I stand. Testify against me in the presence of the Lord and his anointed [Saul]” (1 Samuel 12:3).
Polycarp of Smyrna, an Early Church Father, was martyred by the Romans. Before he was burned at the stake, the Roman governor encouraged Polycarp to recant his faith and thus avoid execution. Polycarp replied, “Four score and six years have I served him, and he has never done me any injury; how then can I now blaspheme my King and savior?”
The seed for Polycarp’s conviction is explained in Psalms 92:12-15, “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree . . . proclaiming, ‘The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.’”
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. The bold above is my emphasis.
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