Lord’s Day 10/31/10 A Mighty Fortress

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, written by Martin Luther in 1529, is an appropriate hymn for Reformation Sunday. This hymn is special to the Reformation as it was also called The Battle Hymn of the Reformation.

It is also a great hymn on its own and the first song my wife and I heard as husband and wife as brother Steve Camp played the piano and sang it for us as we exited the church.

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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1 Barry Wallace October 30, 2010 at 12:46 pm

That still has to be one of my all-time favorite hymns. Just curious, Mark, do you attend Steve Camp’s church?

2 Mark October 30, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Hi brother Barry, I do not attend Steve’s church. He is a friend of mine. At the time of my wedding he was still in Nashville and I in Atlanta. Now he is pastoring in Florida and I’m still in Atlanta.

I agree, it is a great hymn!


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