Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Mighty Fortress is Our God!

"God is our refuge and our strength" (Psalm 46:1).

When I call to mind the great hymns of the Faith that have stood the test of time -- there are a few that always stand to the front. Here are the top five on my list: 1) Amazing Grace, 2) How Great Thou Art, 3) Holy Holy Holy, 4) Great is Thy Faithfulness, and 5) A Mighty Fortress is Our God.

Martin Luther wrote the last one, and his words are as meaningful and power-packed today as when he first penned them in 1529. I invite you to read this song aloud this morning, and see how the Lord uses its timeless truth to lift your spirit higher!

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing: For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate, On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing; Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing: Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He; Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same, And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us: The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure, One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth; The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth: Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still, His kingdom is forever.

What peace is our when we stand in the security of God, who is our refuge and our strength!


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