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A Mighty Fortress is Our God

godgiveswebLast Sunday we started a sermon series on the book of Job. We worked through a few introductory points about the book before jumping into the first five verses of chapter 1. You can listen to the sermon here.

This Sunday we are going to be working through the very difficult passages about the Enemy’s interactions with God (Job 1:6-2:10). In conjunction with this passage we will be singing a very well-known hymn about the power and authority of God over the Prince of Darkness.

A Might Fortress is Our God was written by Martin Luther in the 1520’s. In preparation for Sunday morning consider the lyrics to the this great hymn.

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.