Since I didn't do a Musical Monday this past week, I'm going to go ahead and pick it up today and share the words of this great hymn. The video is a recording of a fantastic handbell choir performing a lovely setting of this. (I played in our church's handbell choir for a while, and I only WISH we could have been this great!) I also chose the handbell setting in part in honor of my long-time internet friend, Melly, who recently lost her husband to cancer. She has had the distinct honor of performing in a national handbell choir several times. She is an amazing woman, and I admire her deeply.
A Mighty Fortress
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.