This month (October 2017) we are celebrating 500 years since the Reformation. Praise the Lord for Martin Luther!
We think of Martin Luther as a great reformer, Bible translator, political leader, fiery preacher, and theologian. But he was also a musician, having been born in an area of Germany known for its music.
When the Protestant Reformation began, Luther determined to restore worship to the German Church. He worked with skilled musicians to create new music for Christians, to be sung in the vernacular. He helped revive congregational singing and wrote a number of hymns.
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.
(Excerpt from the book “Then Sings My Soul – 150 of the World’s Greatest Hymn Stores”)
Since we are celebrating the Reformation, today’s Worship Wednesday song is Luther’s most famous hymn entitled “Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Godd” or, as we call it “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”. This song was written from the words of Psalm 46.
I hope you find hope and encouragement from Matt Boswell’s rendition of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”.