A Mighty Fortress is Our God was written by one of the most famous reformers of the Reformation period: Martin Luther. Martin Luther sought to give back the Scriptures to the common man, thus starting the Reformation. However, he also found time to write many beautiful hymns in his native German tongue. Mr. Luther died in Eisleben, the town of his birth, at the age of 63.
Many have appropriately called this hymn, “the Battle Hymn of the Reformation.” And with its strong melody and stirring words it is easy to see why! This hymn can be quite a comfort as we travel on in our Christian walk knowing that God is our Fortress and He is on our side!
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 does 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 own strength confide, or striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing;
Dost ask who that might 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: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.