For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1–2)
Yesterday we celebrated Reformation Sunday with Martin Luther’s epic hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” a testament to the strength of God’s goodness in the face of the chaos of evil . But embedded in that hymn are these words: “And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed his truth to triumph through us.” Like the psalmist today, Luther reminds us that God’s strength is not some abstract comfort of ours. Instead, God’s strength is cause for us to move forward with courage, fulfilling the mission of extending God’s grace and truth wherever we go. – rc