Here's a string quartet arrangement I wrote using the melody from the hymn "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God."
The hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”, written by Martin Luther, has had wide-spread influence throughout Christendom, having been used by many well-respected musicians throughout history, starting with J.S. Bach in his chorale cantata “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” (BWV 80).
Other well-known composers include Dieterich Buxtehude, Johann Pachelbel, Felix Mendelssohn, Claude Debussy, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and more recently jazz pianist Bob James.
The message of God’s protection is as ancient as the Scriptural texts from which it is inspired. Having faith in His capacity to protect and defend us against all forces that would attempt to bring harm to our lives is foundational to the Christian faith. This protection even defies death itself: “That through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.” (Heb. 2:14-15) “But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (I Cor. 15:54-55)
This conviction is not only relevant for eternity, but also for our daily existence, as the following two passages reveal a truth beneficial to our personal relationships.
“The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe (set on high)” (Prov. 18:10)
“The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted” (Prov. 29:25)
The words “safe” and “exalted” in the Hebrew are the same word: sagab, which means to be inaccessibly high, having the connotation of security, a place of safety to the one fleeing or to the one at rest in a fortified height which would be inaccessible to beast and enemy alike.
How many people curry the favor of various communities and leaders, only to be let down in one way or another. “Many seek the ruler’s favor, but justice for man comes from the Lord.” (Prov. 29:30)
Eventually, man’s ideas, communities, governments, authorities and protection all fail. But there is an absolute foundation of strength and power to those who unite to Him by faith. “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ so that we may confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?’” (Heb. 13:5-6)
Throughout the ages, thousands will attest that He is faithful to all who put their trust in Him. “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” (Rom. 10:11)