A Mighty Fortress is Our God and its Backstory


“A Mighty Fortress is Our God” is a powerful Lutheran hymn with a rich history. It was written by Martin Luther, a key figure in the Protestant Reformation, in 1527. The hymn was inspired by Psalm 46, which speaks of God’s protection and strength in times of trouble. Luther used the hymn to encourage his followers during a period of persecution and political upheaval.

The hymn quickly became a symbol of the Reformation movement and continues to be sung by Christians around the world today. It is a powerful expression of faith and trust in God, even in the face of adversity.


  1. A mighty fortress is our God, A bulwark never failing; With dauntless courage to contend, And fiery darts repelling.

  2. For still our ancient foe Doth seek to work us woe; His craft and power are great, And armed with cruel hate.

  3. On earth is not a helper found, No helper good beside; Save only God, our faithful Lord, Who for us fought and died.

  4. 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.

  5. Let goods and kindred fade away, Our God, our help shall stay. The kingdom’s ours, and lasting peace, When earthly life shall cease.

  6. And when the trumpet’s sound shall ring, And all shall rise from slumber, Then in the air, with angels bright, To meet our Lord, we’ll number.