In God We Trust – Day Thirty-One

On September 14, 2001, thousands of people gathered at the gigantic Washington National Cathedral as a part of a “National Service of Prayer and Remembrance” for the victims of 9/11. The numerous voices singing the song, “A Mighty Fortress is our God” could be heard for almost a mile away! That timeless hymn, written by Martin Luther in 1527, was inspired by several verses of scripture found throughout the Psalms, mainly in chapter 46.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge” (Psalms 46:1-2, 7).

The tragedy of 9/11 brought millions of Americans together to pray, to remember, and to display great resolve to fearlessly face any enemy as a result of dependence on God. As we continue to humbly pray, to confess our sins, to ask for God’s intervention during this crucial election, may the words of this song remind us that God is in control, we trust Him, and that we are are totally dependent on Him, not on any president, not on any person, but on God and God alone.

“A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he, amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
does 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.
You ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth his name,
from age to age the same;
and he must win the battle.”

“Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved” (Psalms 62:1-2).