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During some of the darkest days of his life, Martin Luther wrote, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” It is a hymn of hope, and hope is what our country needs! At St. Matthew, we are fully committed to sharing the hope of Christ’s victory over sin, sickness, and death. With His help, we are going to get through this time! If you need someone to help you with any physical or spiritual needs, please let us know.  

Luther’s hymn of hope is based on the rock-solid truth of Psalm 46. Verse 1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Verse 11 proclaims, “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” May our strong and mighty God brighten your days with the hope of Christ!

“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

A mighty fortress is our God,
A sword and shield victorious;
He breaks the cruel oppressor’s rod
And wins salvation glorious.
The old satanic foe
Has sworn to work us woe.
With craft and dreadful might
He arms himself to fight.
On earth he has no equal.

No strength of ours can match his might.
We would be lost, rejected.
But now a champion comes to fight,
Whom God Himself elected.
You ask who this may be?
The Lord of hosts is He,
Christ Jesus, mighty Lord,
God’s only Son, adored.
He holds the field victorious.

Though hordes of devils fill the land
All threat’ning to devour us,
We tremble not, unmoved we stand;
They cannot overpow’r us.
Let this world’s tyrant rage;
In battle we’ll engage.
His might is doomed to fail;
God’s judgment must prevail!
One little word subdues him.

God’s Word forever shall abide,
No thanks to foes, who fear it;
For God Himself fights by our side
With weapons of the Spirit.
Were they to take our house,
Goods, honor, child, or spouse,
Though life be wrenched away,
They cannot win the day.
The Kingdom’s ours forever!

Text (sts. 1–4): © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001314

Text (sts. 1s–4s): Public domain

~ Pastor Mike Gudgel