Just a short note to say that Today, October 31, is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. October 31, 1517, marked the beginning of the unveiling of the light of the gospel that had been hidden during the dark Middle Ages. It was a day that resulted in being able to spread the word that salvation is available through faith alone in Christ alone.
Martin Luther stood up and faced the authorities, challenging them to accept Scripture as God’s Word and the sole guidance for our life and as the rule for our faith.
He also penned multiple hymns, the most famous of which is “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”, based on Psalm 46. This hymn celebrates the sovereign power of God over all earthly and spiritual forces, and it highlights our sure hope that we have through Jesus Christ. It is said that Luther’s hymn was on the lips of the people and that it encouraged the faint-hearted, bringing strength to fight the battle of the Lord.
It was sung at Augsburg during the Diet, and in all the churches of Saxony, often against the protest of the priest. It was sung in the streets; and, so heard, comforted the hearts of Melanchthon, Jonas, and Cruciger, as they entered Welmar, when banished from Wittenberg in 1547. It was sung by poor Protestant emigrants on their way into exile, and by martyrs at their death. It is woven into the web of the history of Reformation times, and it became the true national hymn of Protestant Germany.
Studies of Familiar Hymns, by Louis F. Benson, D.D., The Westminster Press, 1903, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” at page 159.
Listen to this wonderful hymn and praise our God for the work of Luther and the other Reformers 500 years ago. Then, praise God for His preservation of His Word and for His marvelous Gift to the children of men!
Here is “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” as presented on the album Hymns for All Saints: Adoration, Praise, Comfort, (Concordia Publishing House).
As you listen to this wonderful hymn, praise our God for the work of Luther and the other Reformers 500 years ago. Then, praise God for His preservation of His Word and for His marvelous Gift to the children of men! Now, work for God’s kingdom and pray that 500 years from now, if the Lord has not yet returned, the light of the Reformation will still shine out over our planet!
Praise the Lord!