A reformer’s refuge

A reformer’s refuge

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“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 pow’r are great,

And, armed with cruel hate,

On earth is not His equal.”

A Mighty Fortress is Our God
Martin Luther (1483-1546)

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come and mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!

Psalm 46:1-3

The great reformer

After posting his ninety-five theses on the door of Wittenberg’s Castle Church in October 1517, Martin Luther faced many years of trials and persecution. And during the years of the ensuing Protestant Reformation, Luther came to know better than most the gracious power of God’s sheltering hand. He confidently stepped forward to defend the truth he found in God’s Word, despite excommunication from the Roman church, continual threats to his life and freedom, and times of intense spiritual battle.

In the comforting words of Psalm 46, Luther found the inspiration for this hymn that would become the battle cry of the Protestant Reformation. Many who suffered for their faith during that time found solid comfort in Luther’s words of faith and praise. “A might fortress is our God!”

From The One Year® Book of Hymns by Mark Norton and Robert Brown (Tyndale) entry for October 31

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

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