A Mighty Fortress is our God!

In the fear of the Lord, there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge. Proverbs 14:26.

Refuge,  machseh.  Strong’s #4268. A shelter, refuge, protection, a fortress; a hope; a place of trust, a shelter from storm. There are approximately 20 places in the Old Testament where the idea of a place of refuge is dramatically spoken of; over ten are in the Psalm’s. 46:1; 61:3;91:2;142:5.

In Ps.73:28, Machseh is translated “trust.” The psalmist has put his trust in the Lord, he has made the Lord his trustworthy place of shelter.

Isaiah 25:4 says, for you have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; for the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against a wall.

God is indeed all these things and more to His children. That is to those who trust in Him and not in themselves. In this present reference Proverbs 14:26 a fortress is suggested.

Ein feste burg ist unser Gott! Say what? Well, that’s how Martin Luther would have written it in his famous hymn:
“A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
He, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing.”
There can be no doubt but that Luther’s sturdy, unshakeable, unflappable confidence in God as his refuge, his strength, his mighty, impenetrable fortress is what ultimately accounted for what he was able to accomplish in bringing about what we know as the Protestant Reformation.

“A Mighty Fortress” is one of the best loved hymns of the Lutheran and Protestant traditions. It has been called the “Battle Hymn of the Reformation” for the effect it had in increasing the support for the Reformers’ cause.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 02:55:23

    It is a great song. As I grew up in the Lutheran Church, I know it well. It is a shame that others don’t sing it much.
    What a refuge we have in our unconditional loving Savior!


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