READ: Psalm 46 & 47
BACKGROUND: These Psalms are written as songs, meant to be sung as hymns of praise to God.
THINK: In 1936 a young German Christian named Herbert Gezork found himself increasingly troubled by the rise of the Nazis to power in his country. And he stood against the ideology that drove them. Luckily, instead of being arrested or imprisoned for his dissent, he was able to escape to United States of America – where he would have a notable career as a preacher and Bible professor.
On the night before he left Germany Gezork walked along the streets of Hamburg, heartbroken at the ideology that was sweeping his land and despondent at everything that the Nazi regime stood for. He felt hopeless, and he wondered, “What hope is there in a world where demonic forces are triumphing?”
But as he walked on in despair, Gezork heard music coming from a church, and he opened the door and slipped inside. He immediately recognized the music as the familiar hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is our God.” And as he listened, the words of one verse moved him to the core: 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.
Those words reminded Herbert Gezork that God is mighty and that God will win. He is the God who triumphs over the nations, the God who ends wars and breaks the spears in two. He is our refuge and our strength even in the darkest of days when it seems like evil may triumph. We always have hope because we know, as the Psalmist says, “The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.” (Ps 46:11)
PRAY: Take 3 minutes and 46 seconds to listen to A Mighty Fortress is Our God and, if you know the tune, sing it out as a praise to God (the lyrics are right under the video in the description). Thank God for being your mighty fortress!