During a season of profound depression and discouragement, Luther wrote his most famous hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” which picks up on themes in Psalm 46. It’s not that God makes everything smooth and easy. But God is “a bulwark . . . our helper amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing.” . . .
We don’t defeat evil by trying hard or thinking right thoughts. “Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing.” And why can we be bold and confident? We have “the right man on our side . . . Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he . . . He must win the battle.” Ours is to follow, join, and be caught up in the wake of what he is doing.
—James C. Howell, Unrevealed Until Its Season: A Lenten Journey with Hymns (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
—Psalm 46:1 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O God, we give you thanks for hymn writers of the past and present. Help us to always have a song of praise on our lips and in our hearts, especially in times of trouble. Amen.
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