A mighty Fortress is our 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 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.

Charlotte, NC, United States

When the 9 people were murdered during their Bible Study Class this week in Charleston, SC, I wrote a note and felt so helpless for words of comfort and then remembered this wonderful hymn and the words seemed so perfect to send to them. It's always been one of my favorites and I hope it will help bring healing to the loved ones of those murdered in Charleston.

Elvida Hildyard

Northampton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

My favorite song, sang it in 3 languages when I was growing up in rural Tanzania where the Lutheran church came to our village about 100 years ago. He has been my fortress till today in my 72nd year and will be so for eternity, Hallelujah. Thank You Lord for giving us Martin Luther who fourght for our faith in Jesus by Your Grace.

Arthur Sinkala

Kitwe, Copperbelt, Zambia

Very inspiring and indeed encouraging. Only a close walk with God can cause one to write thus. I gues this is what is absent today. Luther had no other help but God. Like Christ Luther had nowhere to lay his head.

David Stuart

Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

In all the changing scenes of life, this hymn shows the matchless and wonderful love of God. Only eternity itself will demonstrate fully His mercy and grace through the Lord Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!


Brisbane, Qld, Australia

I love this hymn. I love all the the old hymns and know them all. I feel so good to hear and sing them to myself. Everyday I have a song in my heart to sing. it makes me feel good.

Daniel Perry

Quincy, WA, United States

This time of trial and confusion, sickness and weaknesses, darkness and struggle, this hymn means so much. In this darkness Christ becomes the only light. "This is good, and pleases God our Savior."

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

After posting his 95 theses on the door of Wittenberg's Castle Church in October, 1517, Martin Luther faced many years of trials and persecution. And during the years of the ensuing Protestant Reformation, Luther came to know better than most the gracious power of God's sheltering hand. He confidently stepped forward to defend the truth he found in God's Word, despite excommunication from the Roman church, continual threats to his life and freedom, and times of intense spiritual battle.

In the comforting words of Psalm 46, Luther found the inspiration for this hymn that would become the battle cry of the Protestant Reformation. Many who suffered for their faith during that time found solid comfort in Luther's words of faith and praise. "A mighty fortress is our God!" - Great Songs of Faith by Brown & Norton


This hymn was sung at the fun­er­al of Amer­i­can pre­si­dent Dwight Ei­sen­how­er at the Na­tion­al Ca­thed­ral in Wash­ing­ton, DC, March 1969.

It may be that General Eisenhower was strengthened by this song during World War II, though he was not religious at that time, but he had Godly parents.

Daniel - Lucian Von Ghereben

Livermore, California, United States

Amazing composition! God is good, God is great.....

The protestant reformation movement was built on three main tenets:

1. The re-establishment o the scriptures.

2. Clarifying the means of salvation.

3. The restoration of congregational singing.



A hymn that is both Inspiring and touching many lives...brought us closer to our God our mighty fortress. Our forefathers come from afar to plant churches a few centuries ago in this land. But now the younger generation hardly remember what our forefathers were doing. We really need to see God move again in our land. Forever He is our mighty fortress.God has mercy upon us.

Ezekiel Ofori

Tema, Accra, Community 7, Ghana

This particular song is a soul inspiring hymn that whenever I hear it, I tend to stop whatever I'm doing and meditate on. This is a song that is sang whenever we have hymnology and one of the biggest hymns in the Presbyterianism. I like it so much.