A Mighty Fortress: The German Edition

Article by David Mathis (at this link)

The Reformers didn’t just protest; they sang. The Protestant Reformation, which began in earnest 500 years ago this week, didn’t just give birth to preaching and writing, but it inspired music and unleashed song.

That God declares us rebels fully righteous on the sole basis of his Son, through faith alone — such news is too good not to sing. And that our Creator and Redeemer himself has spoken into our world, and preserved his speech for us in a Book, to be illumined by his own Spirit — such news is too good not to craft into verse. Perhaps the greatest evidence that the Reformation released real joy in freeing captives from the bondage of man-made religion is that its theology made for such a good marriage with music. The Reformation sang.

Battle Hymn of the Reformation

Leading the way not just in word, but in song, was Martin Luther. He wrote nearly forty hymns, many of which he composed not only the words but even the music. His most famous, of course, “A Mighty Fortress,” often is called “The Battle Hymn of the Reformation.” The song embodies with strength and gusto the very spirit of the Reformation, breaking free from the flaccidity and poverty of medieval theology with rich God-confidence. Continue reading

His Mercy is More

-Worship Leader: Matt Boswell
-Choir: Boyce College Choir
-Piano: Jonny Barahona
-Cello: Lincoln Wiseman

HIS MERCY IS MORE

What love could remember no wrongs we have done
Omniscient, all knowing, He counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

Chorus:
Praise the Lord
His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

What patience would wait as we constantly roam
What father, so tender, is calling us home
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

Chorus

What riches of kindness He lavished on us
His blood was the payment, His life was the cost
We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

Chorus

Jesus, Rock of Ages

by Christy Nockels

JESUS, ROCK OF AGES
I am not alone
There’s a stone I’m built on
There’s a love that will never let me go

He hears my every cry
He knows how to understand me
He is my one defense, day and night

Chorus:
I rest my soul on the Rock of the ages (oh)
And my feet stand firm on a sure foundation (oh oh oh)
And all my hope in this salvation (oh)
Jesus, Jesus, Rock of ages

Precious cornerstone
The One for all generations
Laid that I would hide myself in You
Through every trial and storm
When all else is sinking
There is none so faithful and so true

I rest my soul on the Rock of the ages (oh)
And my feet stand firm on a sure foundation (oh oh oh)
And all my hope in this salvation (oh)
Jesus, Jesus, Rock of ages

When my heart is faint, my faith is small
Oh hide me, Lord
And when all is well, through it all
Oh hide me, Lord (x2)

I rest my soul on the Rock of the ages (oh)
And my feet stand firm on a sure foundation (oh oh oh)
And all my hope in this salvation (oh)
Jesus, Jesus, Rock of ages
Jesus, Jesus, Rock of ages

Hymn – Not in Me

NOT IN ME
No list of sins I have not done
No list of virtues I pursue
No list of those I am not like
Can earn myself a place with You

O God, be merciful to me–I am a sinner through and through!
My only hope of righteousness is not in me, no fervent prayer
No lifted hands, no tearful song
No recitation of the truth
Can justify a single wrong
My righteousness is Jesus’ life
My debt was paid by Jesus’ death
My weary load was borne by Him And He alone can give me rest

No separation from the world
No work I do, no gift I give
Can cleanse my conscience, cleanse my hands;
I cannot cause my soul to live

But Jesus died and rose again–the power of death is overthrown!
My God is merciful to me
And merciful in Christ alone

My righteousness is Jesus’ life
My debt was paid by Jesus’ death
My weary load was borne by Him And He alone can give me rest
Yes, He alone can give me rest

Jesus, I my cross have taken

Jesus, I my cross have taken
All to leave and follow Thee
Destitute, forsaken
Thou from hence my all shall be
Perish every fond ambition
All I’?ve sought or hoped or known
Yet how rich is my condition
God and heaven are still my own

Let the world despise and leave me
They have left my Savior, too
Human hearts and looks deceive me
Thou art not, like them, untrue
O while Thou dost smile upon me
God of wisdom, love, and might
Foes may hate and friends disown me
Show Thy face and all is bright

Go, then, earthly fame and treasure
Come disaster, scorn and pain
In Thy service, pain is pleasure
With Thy favor, loss is gain
I have called Thee Abba Father
I have stayed my heart on Thee
Storms may howl, and clouds may gather
All must work for good to me

Soul, then know thy full salvation
Rise o’?er sin and fear and care
Joy to find in every station
Something still to do or bear
Think what Spirit dwells within thee
Think what Father?’s smiles are thine
Think that Jesus died to win thee
Child of heaven, can’st thou repine?

Haste thee on from grace to glory
Armed by faith, and winged by prayer
Heav’n?s eternal days before thee
God?s own hand shall guide thee there
Soon shall close the earthly mission
Soon shall pass thy pilgrim days
Hope shall change to glad fruition
Faith to sight, and prayer to praise

Hymn: He will hold me fast

He Will Hold Me Fast

Lyrics vv. 1-2 Ada Habershon (1861-1918), Public Domain;
Alt words vv.1-2, lyrics v.3, and music: Matt Merker, © 2013

When I fear my faith will fail,
Christ will hold me fast;
When the tempter would prevail,
He will hold me fast.
I could never keep my hold
Through life’s fearful path;
For my love is often cold;
He must hold me fast.

He will hold me fast,
He will hold me fast;
For my Saviour loves me so,
He will hold me fast.

Those He saves are His delight,
Christ will hold me fast;
Precious in his holy sight,
He will hold me fast.
He’ll not let my soul be lost;
His promises shall last;
Bought by Him at such a cost,
He will hold me fast.

For my life He bled and died,
Christ will hold me fast;
Justice has been satisfied;
He will hold me fast.
Raised with Him to endless life,
He will hold me fast
‘Till our faith is turned to sight,
When He comes at last!

Go to this page to get free downloads of the music, lyrics and an audio file of the hymn.

HT: TC

My Anchor Holds

anchor1My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, and blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When every earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

“My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” by Edward Mote, 1797-1874