Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Mighty Fortress

6"x6" Oil on Panel
with Palette Knife

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: September 2014—Day 10

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.

And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God has willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo! his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

That Word above all earthly powers
no thanks to them abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours
through him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
the body they may kill:
God's truth abideth still;
his kingdom is forever! 

Author: Martin Luther (1529)
Translator: Frederick H. Hedge (1852)


  1. This kind of painting that you do is definitely my favorite! I look forward to seeing your abstracts - especially the hymns and similar themes. I am so glad you did this one today!

    1. Many thanks, Brenda. I'm so glad you like it.

  2. WOW... stunning Mike. Great post too.

    1. Thanks, Sheila. I had to cleanse the mental palette and go abstract for a bit.