Thy Word is a Trusty Shield and Weapon

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  (John 1:1).

“A mighty fortress is our God,
A trusty shield and weapon;
He helps us free from every need
That has us now o’er taken.
The old evil foe
Now means deadly woe;
Deep guile and great might
Are his dread arms in fight;
On earth is not his equal.”

The Word “of God is living and active.”  It is sharper than any sword.  (Hebrews 4:12).

“With might of ours can naught be done,
Soon were our loss effected;
But for us fights the valiant one,
Whom God himself elected.
You ask, “Who is this?”
Jesus Christ it is,
The almighty Lord.
And there’s no other God;
He holds the field forever.”

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the sea …”  (Psalm 46:1-2).

“Though devils all the world should fill,
All eager to devour us,
We tremble not, we fear no ill;
They shall not overpow’r us.
This world’s prince may still
Scowl fierce as he will,
He can harm us none.
He’s judged; the deed is done!
One little word can fell him.”

“‘Is not my word like fire,’ declares the Lord, ‘and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?'”  (Jeremiah 23:29).

“The Word they still shall let remain,
Nor any thanks have for it;
He’s by our side upon the plain
With his good gifts and Spirit.
And do what they will—
Hate, steal, hurt, or kill—
Though all may be gone,
Our victory is won;
The kingdom’s ours forever!”

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

(Luke 21:33).  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  (John 3:16).

Amen.

— “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” Christian Worship, 200.
Scripture quotes: NIV, 1984.