Oh, how I love the depth and weight of God’s glory in this song! Who can but feel the strength in Him as he sings the words below? Read them slowly, friends, and be lifted up, O heavy heart!
A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
our helper He amid the flood of mortal ills prevaling.
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 Sabbaoth, 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!
Fear not the devil, friends, for his doom is sure. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet!” (Romans 16:10) Instead, turn your eyes upon Jesus–look full in His wonderful face (2 Corinthians 4:6)–and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the Light of His glory and grace!
P.S. I don’t know if this will work, but something I discovered recently was a group called “To Write Love on Her Arms”–believers who are reaching out to cutters. Reminds me of a concert I attended two years ago with Kelly Chambley…Juliana Theory with opening act Zao. Kelly told me how Zao’s music (which is primarily screaming to the point of insensible sound) draws a large fan base among cutters, and I was grieved at the thought of a group of Christian musicians providing a place where people struggling with such anger or depression that they would lash out against their Maker if only by marring the image of God in themselves, could come and in some way feel like what they are doing is right or fitting because others are also doing it. That to me was not wise. There must be a truer way to reach out to such individuals with the Gospel.
My hope is that this group has found that way.