I think I may have stunned people with the heavy theology this morning, so here is something a little lighter! A hymn! Hymns have a splendid way of communicating truth in a heartfelt way. If you though yesterday’s hymn, Hymn of the Day: What Wondrous Love is This, was full of gospel truth then you should love Martin Luther’s classic hymn, A Mighty Fortress is Our God.

If you don’t follow Tim Challies blog site, he has a post about this very same hymn. Instead of taking my word for how great this hymn is, look at Challies words.

The words to Luther’s famous hymn most assuredly comes from Psalm 46.

Psalm 46:1–11 (ESV)

God Is Our Fortress

46 To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song.

God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,

though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam,

though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy habitation of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;

God will help her when morning dawns.

The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;

he utters his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord,

how he has brought desolations on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

he burns the chariots with fire.

10  “Be still, and know that I am God.

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth!”

11  The Lord of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

One of my favorite lines in any song, hymn, contemporary Christian music, or any other worship song has to be stanza 2, although an argument could be made for any of these stanzas…

“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 Sabbaoth His name,

from age to age the same, and He must win the battle.”

Let me explain what Lord Sabbaoth means, because it is not Sabbath, it is Sabbaoth (Sabaoth with modern spelling). It means hosts or armies. So, Luther is proclaiming in this hymn what the psalmist proclaims in Ps. 46:7. Our Lord is the Lord of Hosts. He has legions upon legions of angels at His command to defeat the enemy! He is our fortress, He is our strength, He is with us, and if He is with us then the gates of Hell will not stand against Him and His Church.

A Mighty fortress

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