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A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Joseph Morrow - February 06, 2017

Fortress, Jesus, Martin Luther, Reformation, Reformed Theology
Sunday's Songs
In Christ Alone
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Come What May
All I Have Is Christ
Show Us Christ

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

-Psalm 18.2

When Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Roman Catholicism little did he know the impact his proclamation would have on the world. Through his protest of heretical practices in the Church of Rome, The Reformation was born.

Along with The Reformation came the rediscovery of congregational singing. Luther was convinced of the power of music.

I wish to compose sacred hymns so the Word of God may dwell among people by means of songs. -Martin Luther

The Battle Cry Of The Church

"A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" is arguably the most powerful hymn to come out of The Reformation. Based on Psalm 46, it was the battle cry of Christ's martyred & persecuted Bride.

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;
The Lord of Hosts, His name,
from age to age the same,
and He must win the battle.

May this be our battle cry, South Church! Our God IS a Mighty Fortress! Take refuge in Him.

This Sunday we will sing of our "bulwark, never failing". The sent Son of God is our Strength! He is Lord of Hosts, never changing, ever faithful. He has conquered sin & death, and He will win the battle!

Eager to worship with you,

Joseph