~A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the
door of the Cathedral of Wittenberg, Germany. That date was sometimes
called the “4th of July of Protestantism.” It symbolized the start
of the Protestant Reformation.
the single most powerful hymn of the Protestant Reformation Movement was
Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” based on Psalm 46. This
hymn became the battle cry of the people, a great source of strength and
inspiration even for those who were martyred for their convictions. Its
majestic and thunderous proclamation of our faith is a singing symbol of
by Psalm 46, Luther caught up in the hymn the very essence of faith, and
the fervor and flavor of patriotism which he found in the Psalm.
hymn has been translated into practically every known language and is
regarded as one of the noblest and most classic examples of Christian
first line of this national hymn of Protestant Germany is fittingly
inscribed on the tomb of the great reformer at Wittenberg,
had strong convictions about the use and power of sacred music.
Once he wrote, “I would allow no man to preach or teach God’s
people without a proper knowledge of the use and power of sacred
Fortress Is Our God
(1) A mighty fortress is our God, A bulwark never
Our helper He amid the flood Of mortal ills
For still our ancient foe Doth seek to work us woe-
His craft and power are great, And, armed with cruel
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
Doth 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 unto 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
The Spirit and the gifts are ours Through Him who
with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go, This mortal life also-
They body they may kill; God's truth abideth still:
His kingdom is forever.