Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Steel in the Will

I trust this brief meditation will strengthen your hearts as you serve the Master.

"A Mighty Fortress is Our God"
by Dr. Martin Luther, 1483-1546. Composed 1829, Eng. translation 1853.

Based on Ps.46.  It is none other than the one living and true God Who is our Refuge and our Strength.  Our enemies, be they ever so many and mighty, are no match for our God. And whose refuge is He? Ours! This is as true today as when David penned these stirring words. He is always there to help and strengthen His afflicted servants and children, and will not be found wanting by any who abandon themselves to His care. His help is effectual, effective and comes at just the right time. So don't dismay. Only be sure you are on the Lord's side, serving the King, and not with the enemies of Christ and the Gospel.

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 through 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.

So, rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for our God reigns.  HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

I trust this will strengthen you for the fight of faith which is unrelenting.