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ATD 7 The Word

“You are my rock and my fortress. For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger. Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me, for I find protection in you alone. I entrust my spirit into your hand. Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God.” Psalm 31:3-5

Thought

“In 1720 a re­mark­a­ble re­viv­al be­gan in a town in Mo­rav­ia. Jes­u­its op­posed it, and the meet­ings were pro­hib­it­ed. Those who still as­sem­bled in this revival were seized and im­pris­oned in sta­bles and cel­lars. At Da­vid Nitsch­mann’s house, where a hund­red and fif­ty per­sons ga­thered, the po­lice broke in and seized the books they read. Not dis­mayed, the con­gre­ga­tion sang ‘A Mighty Fortress is Our God’ Twenty heads of families were sent to jail because of this, in­clud­ing Nitsch­mann, who was treat­ed with spe­cial se­ver­i­ty. He fin­al­ly es­caped, fled to the Mo­rav­i­ans at Herrnhut, be­came a bi­shop, and af­ter­wards joined John and Charles Wes­ley in 1735 in their ex­pe­di­tion to Sa­van­nah, Georg­ia.”[1]

Challenges will certainly come as we make it our life’s goal to love and serve Christ with a whole heart. The result in the end though is we will see how God used us in the midst, guided us, protected us, and produced fruit for His kingdom.

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.

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. (Martin Luther 1529)

Prayer

You are my fortress, my Lord, my God. Amen!

“Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to His will.” Isaiah 50:4

[1] http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/m/i/mightyfo.htm