“𝘕𝘦𝘹𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘰𝘥. 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥. 𝘐𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘴 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴, 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘴, 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘴…𝘈 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨: 𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘰𝘨𝘴.” – 𝙈𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙣 𝙇𝙪𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧
Martin Luther is well-known as the “Father of Reformation” or the central figure of Protestant Reformation when he nailed his ’95 Theses’ in a Catholic Church door in 1517. But aside for being a German professor of theology, political leader, preacher, and author, he was also a passionate musician as he grew up in his mother’s voice, became a member of wedding or funeral boys’ choir, and developed his proficiency in playing a flute in Thuringian village.
Luther embodied the strong will to revive worship to the German Church, when the Reformation happened, where he collaborated with several expert musicians and created notable hymns we often listen and sing with. Though he got a number of criticisms as he adapted some melodies of secular songs, 𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘀𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗱𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗵 𝗲𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗚𝗼𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰. Indubitably, that’s when he released his most famous hymn “Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott” (“A Mighty fortress is Our God”) reflecting Luther’s compliance to God in Psalms 46 whenever he experience Satan’s work full of danger.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psalms 46:1, KJV
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.
𝗚𝗼𝗱 𝗺𝗲𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗛𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽, 𝗛𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗴𝗲, 𝗛𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀, 𝗛𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗱, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗵. He constantly gives hope that we know who must be feared; not the devil who brings darkness and trouble, but our Mighty Lord Jesus Christ alone.