Confidence Before Calamity

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Psalm 46

It is said that whenever Luther became troubled in soul on account of the devastation of the plague, he would say “let’s go sing Psalm 46.” The heart of the solace Luther must have savored from singing this psalm is reflected in the hymn he wrote based upon this psalm, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” Here Luther wrote, “We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us.” The spiritual strength Psalm 46 affords the believer is located precisely in what it promises: God is for His Church. This message explores how the knowledge of God’s promise of protection forms the basis of the believer’s confidence before calamity.