Martin Luther was not only a great reformer, Bible translator,
political leader, fiery preacher, and theologian,
he was also a musician and was born in an area of Germany
known for its music.
In the forward of a book, Luther once wrote:
"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. . ."
He also says,
"Music is a marvelous creation of God."
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 Sabboth, 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
Not 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.
- Martin Luther -
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
- Psalm 46: 11 -
How I praise the great Creator,
Who did make this world so fair;
As I scan the realm of nature
I can see His image there.
In the steep and on the hilltop,
There I find His royal throne;
And the God who made the mountain
Ever loves me as His own.
- David George Ball -
Have a blessed Lord's Day, friends!
These photos were taken while on our little adventure :)