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Jeff Ross

My favorite hymns of today are “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” by Martin Luther of Germany, and “God’s Word Is Our Great Heritage” by Nikolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig of Denmark.

Martin Luther’s classic four-verse hymn is usually sung to the original tune that Martin Luther wrote for it. It is a paraphrase of Psalm 46, but written from the perspective that the psalm is talking about Jesus, His victorious conquest for us, and its impact in our lives and futures as Christians.

N.F.S. Grundtvig’s hymn is sometimes sung to that same tune, since the syllable structure is the same, and is only one verse long. It emphasizes the importance of God’s Word, Its consistency, and Its endurance.

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