Music can often speak to us in ways other things can’t. It’s a beautiful gift from God. Even if you aren’t gifted in creating music yourself (like me), you’re sure to have experienced a song that moved you.
This is certainly true for music that focuses around God, his character, his Church, and the Christian life. In these challenging times of COVID-19, as well as the racial turmoil our world is facing, hymns can be a comfort, a challenge, and a reminder of God’s faithfulness.
In the book of Ephesians, the Apostle Paul even urges Christians to “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19, Berean Study Bible).
Here are 10 hymns that will inspire, encourage, and challenge you during these strange times we are living through.
3. “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” by Martin Luther
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This classic hymn reminds us that, through life’s trials, God is our rock and our 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 pow’r 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 pow’rs, 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.
Veronica Olson wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.