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A Mighty Fortress

“A Might Fortress of God”, or “Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott” as it was originally titled by Martin Luther in his original tongue.  Probably the most well known of Luther’s hymns, written circa 1528.  This hymn has been a blessing to me since the first time that it graced my ears.  It is said that it was sung by Luther and his companions as they entered the Diet of Worms in 1521, before it was penned 7 years later.  Sounding out like a battle hymn, it makes my blood rush.  It is deep in theology with a utter awareness of our adversary and the battle that is before us.  Today I had the benefit of listening to this beautiful hymn while I read Ephesians 6:10-20.  I’m writing this blog hoping you will do the same.

“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 Sabboth, 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
Not 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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2 responses

  1. Heath Hubbard

    If you were not German would you still love this song? Jk If you can sing the whole song in German and put it on Fb I will buy you qdoba on me!

    Heath

    December 10, 2010 at 4:43 am

  2. Consider it done.

    December 10, 2010 at 2:33 pm

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