A Mighty Fortress

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Come, behold the works of the LORD,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
(Psalm 46 ESV)

In 1529, Martin Luther wrote a hymn based on this Psalm. Over the ensuing centuries this hymn has inspired many others. Here are a few of my favorites:

This is Christy Nockels, from her album Life Light Up. You can order the CD, or download the album or just this track.

This is from Sovereign Grace Music’s newest album From Age to Age. Download the album or the track.

This is the first 1/3 (click here for part 2 and part 3) of J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 80, performed by the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir. An even better recording of this cantata packaged with two others (with a motet thrown in for good measure) is available for a steal here.

And of course, my favorite version of the original, performed a capella by Steve Green:

This is from a 1987 video called “In Concert”. Good luck finding it anywhere but on YouTube!

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