A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

On Friday I wrote on Psalm 46, a psalm that beautifully reminds us that even when everything gives way, God is our fortress. For me, this psalm came at the perfect time and provided a much-needed reminder that everything in life will fail me, but God is a steadfast and sure fortress who promises to always uphold me.

So naturally this hymn has been stuck in my head for a few days. A few weeks ago I wrote on how the songs we sing cannot be vague and imprecise because worship cannot be vague and imprecise. The songs we sing in worship to God must be explicit in their praise because they are praising a God who deserves to be acknowledged for the ways

He has shown grace and love to us. This hymn is a beautiful reminder of the sustaining power and strength of the Lord.

“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”

In our own strength we can do nothing to save ourselves. But praise God for His grace through Christ Jesus.

 

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

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.

 

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