If God Had Not Been On Our Side

If God Had Not Been On Our Side – Martin Luther

If God had not been on our side
And had not come to aid us,
The foes with all their power and pride
Would surely have dismayed us;
For we, His flock, would have to fear
The threat of men both far and near
Who rise in might against us.

Their furious wrath, did God permit,
Would surely have consumed us
And as a deep and yawning pit
With life and limb entombed us.
Like men o’er whom dark waters roll
Their wrath would have engulfed our soul
And, like a flood, o’erwhelmed us.

Blest be the Lord, who foiled their threat
That they could not devour us;
Our souls, like birds, escaped their net,
They could not overpower us.
The snare is broken—we are free!
Our help is ever, Lord, in Thee,
Who madest earth and Heaven.

 

Lord Keep Us Steadfast In Thy Word – Martin Luther

Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy Word;
Curb those who fain by craft and sword
Would wrest the kingdom from Thy Son
And set at naught all He hath done.

Lord Jesus Christ, Thy pow’r make known,
For Thou art Lord of lords alone;
Defend Thy Christendom that we
May evermore sing praise to Thee.

O Comforter of priceless worth,
Send peace and unity on earth.
Support us in our final strife
And lead us out of death to life.

Appreciating the Lord’s Prayer

“If I thoroughly appreciated these first words of the Lord’s Prayer, ‘Our Father, which art in Heaven,’ and really believed that God, who made heaven and earth, and all creatures, and has all things in His hand, was my Father, then I should certainly conclude with myself that I also am a lord of heaven and earth, that Christ is my brother, Gabriel my servant, Raphael my coachman, and all the angels my attendants at need, given unto me by my heavenly Father, to keep me in the path, that unawares I knock my foot against a stone.  But that our faith may be exercised and confirmed, our heavenly Father suffers us to be cast into dungeons, or plunged into water.  So we may see how finely we understand these words, and how belief shakes, and how great our weakness is, so that we begin to think, ‘Ah, who knows how far that is true which is set forth in the Scriptures.’” — Martin Luther

How’d he know?

“I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.” – Martin Luther