A very present help in [c]trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the [d]sea;
3 Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. [e]Selah.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her [f]when morning dawns.
6 The [g]nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He [h]raised His voice, the earth melted.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
[i]Who has wrought desolations in the earth.
9 He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.
10 “[j]Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the [k]nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah." Psalm 46:1-11
Fear comes from Satan.
A military stronghold, especially a fortified town fit for a large garrison.
God is our fortress.
"The Lord is my [a]rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." Psam 18:2
If you have the fortress you have the upper hand.
Saved by grace alone!
Martin Luther wrote 37 hymns.
"A Mighty Fortress is Our God" was the battle cry of the Reformation.
4 "So Judah gathered together to seek help from the Lord; they even came from all the cities of Judah to seek the Lord. 5 Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord before the new court, 6 and he said, “O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You." 2 Chronicles 20:4-6
Acknowledging who God is!
14 "Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite of the sons of Asaph; 15 and he said, “Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s." 2 Chronicles 20:14-15
The Battle is God's!
These things are written down for a purpose.
We know it's going to get worse before the end (when God wins).
God takes care of everything.
50,000 people martyred in the Netherlands during the Protestant Reformation.
Luther believed there was power in muic. He wrote the hymn in 1529.
God has this!
There's no equal to the devil's cruelty on this earth. But God's still got this.
God says, "Get behind me. I'll take care of it." God's our safety.
"God hath willed His truth to triumph through us;" Martin Luther
God wins the war.
31"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who isagainst us?" Romans 8:31
"I've got that too." God
Your future is based on who you follow.