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)
“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.”
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)
You are my fortress, my Lord, my God. Amen!
“but rescue us from the evil one.”