Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Sometimes I really miss the "old" hymns we used to sing in church.

So, today I'm sharing one of them...I love the inspiring words!

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 own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right man on our side,
the man of God's 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,
thru 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.

("A Mighty Fortress is Our God" by Martin Luther)

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  1. and sometimes nothing can say it better!

    I love this old hymn of the faith. It speaks to my heart every time I hear it... which is not that often in my church! :)


  2. Love this song too..." The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him"...perfect words for today's world.

  3. Amen and Blessings Sharon...and all the verses exalting Our Mighty Fortress and so thankful for the hymns that say it so well.

    "...the Spirit and the gifts are ours..."


  4. some of those older hymns really were full with tons of theology weren't they? Good to sing them every once in awhile indeed!

    still posting as anonymous here :)


  5. Love this song..."The Prince of Darkness grim,
    we tremble not for him"...good to remember in today's world. God is in control.
    Anita Johnson

  6. When our oldest church member turned 100, they let her pick some favorite hymns. This was one of them. I can't describe the sound of the congregation singing this one. It was most truly a spirit filled experience.

  7. And another thing.

    I love the old inspired hymns. I think they were full of incredible depth. While I like new praise songs too, I think that some of them lack that depth. JMO.

  8. I love this song. Thanks for taking the time to put it out today. I needed that.

  9. Hello dear friends!

    I'm so glad that you enjoyed this today. I'm with Debbie - I also think that today's praise songs, though good, lack some depth. Sometimes it's just the quaint words that speak to my soul!!

    This song is one of my favorites - it's so full of promise. It just makes me want to suit up in my armor, and go out with the Lord and fight!

    We will not tremble - for God's truth abideth still and His Kingdom is forever!


  10. Hi Sharon -

    I too miss some of the old hymns. Thank you for posting the lyrics to that one. I love the title of it, too - A Mighty Fortress. Oh! Glory - yes indeed!!!

    Two of my favorites are -

    Onward Christian Soldiers (Does that surprise you, Sharon? - smiles)

    It is Well (When I learned the circumstances of that one, I came to love it more. You may know that the writer of that hymn lost his daughters and wrote It is Well after his loss.)

  11. Sandra - I love this hymn - the lyrics and the title! And of course, I am not surprised that you love Onward Christian Soldiers! Does it surprise you that it is also a very favorite of mine? I loved that song when I was a little girl - and it still makes me battle-ready.

    And It Is Well - is another favorite. I have heard the circumstances surrounding it. It is so amazing to me that people are brought closer to the Lord through great tragedy. They are a powerful witness to me.

    Tomorrow (Wednesday) I'm doing another hymn.



"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

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