November 3-5, 2012
End Times – Reformation Celebration Weekend
Pastor Don Sutton
The hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” is one of the best-known, most widely translated and most highly used hymns in all the world. It has been called “The Battle Hymn of the Reformation.” Dr. Martin Luther wrote the lyrics and the melody sometime around 1529. But one gets the impression that it must have evolved. There are indicators that already in 1520, the year after Luther posted the 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, Luther was singing Psalm 46 as a source of comfort and confidence.
Today we have sung the hymn. Now let’s read the Psalm 46:1-7 together:
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Selah) 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. 6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. 7 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. (Selah) (NIV)
Take comfort and find confidence in the fact that A Mighty Fortress Is Our God …a place of safety in the disasters of life … a source of joy for the people of God.