Devotional for October 12
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Author: Martin Luther
Scripture: Psalm 46:1, 10
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear...
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
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.
Did we in our strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of Godís 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.
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.
That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: Godís truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.
Be still and know our God is a mighty fortress! From age to age He has remained the same--through all the centuries! No matter what or who may threaten us we will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us. God's kingdom is forever!
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