Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on in 2013.
Prayer: Be our refuge and strength, Lord, and help us when we are in trouble. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 46 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: My favorite hymn is "A Mighty Fortress is Our God." It was written by a man, Martin Luther, who I have admired since I was a child. Luther had so many good things to say and I think some of his best words are in that song. The verses tell us that God is our strength and will never fail us. We may have to fight the forces of evil, but good will prevail. Should we lose all of our possessions and all those we love on earth, we will still have our rock- God, our father. I share Luther's hymn, based on Psalm 46, with you today. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
A Mighty Fortress is Our God, a sword and shield victorious
He breaks the cruel oppressor's rod, and wins salvation glorious
The old satanic foe, has sworn to work us woe
With craft and dreadful might, he arms himself to fight
On earth he has no equal.
No strength of ours can match his might, we would be lost rejected
But now a champion comes to fight, whom God himself elected
You ask who this may be, the Lord of Hosts is he
Christ Jesus, Holy Lord, God’s only son adored
He holds the filed victorious
Though hordes of devils fill the land, all threatening to devour us
We tremble not unmoved we stand, they cannot overpower us
This world’s prince may rage, in battle he’ll engage
But he is doomed to fail, God’s judgment must prevail
One little word subdues him.
God’s Word forever shall abide, no thanks to foes who fear it
For God himself fights by our side with weapons of the Spirit
If they should take our house, goods, honor, child or spouse
And wrench our life away, they cannot win the day
The kingdom’s ours forever.
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