"A Mighty Fortress is Our God"
"A Mighty Fortress if Our God" (Words and music by Martin Luther, 1483-1546)
Martin Luther was a mighty reformer of the church, who also had a great love for music. He wrote, "Music is a faire and glrious gift from God!" The Protestant Reformation moved ahead with the theology of the Lutheran chorales. His lyrics were based on Psalm 46 for "A Mighty Fortress" and his tune was from the German tavern using the drinking songs which the people so loved. Luther also translated the New Testament into German so the people could put the Word of God in their hearts.