Sunday, October 28, 2012

Song for Sunday: A Mighty Fortress

Reformation Sunday is a good day to sing and share a hymn by Martin Luther, right?

This invigorating hymn, especially when sung with strength and energy, is a favorite of mine and of many reformed church folk. (Baptists, Congregationalists, etc.) We sang it our service this morning.

I have heard that the tune was originally a 16th Century bar song. "Lord Sabaoth", I learned today, translates as "Lord of Hosts."

Anyway, here it is...

A Mighty Fortress is Our God

1. A mighty fortress is our God, 
 a bulwark never failing; 
 our helper he amid the flood 
 of mortal ills prevaling.  
 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. That word above all earthly powers, 
 no thanks to them, abideth; 
 the Spirit and the gifts are ours, 
 thru 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.

Did you sing a favorite hymn at church today?

This is my 27th post for the October Ultimate Blog Challenge. So close I can taste it!

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