Sunday, September 2, 2018

A Mighty Fortress is Our God

3,000 Men Singing "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"
The Shepherds' Conference – Sun Valley, CA

Martin Luther 
Born: Nov. 10, 1483 - Eisleben, County of Mansfield in the Holy Roman Empire
Died: February 18 1546 (age 62) in the same place

"A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" (German: "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott") is a paraphrase of Psalm 46 and was written between 1527-1529.    It is one of Martin Luther’s most famous hymns and has been referred to as “The Battle Hymn of the Reformation”.    

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 his 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 is 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 for ever.

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