Many people are familiar with Luther’s mighty hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”. But did you know he wrote a number of other poems in which he shares His faith? They may not be a grand as “A Mighty Fortress” but they are, in their own way, just as moving. Today’s devotional is a poem in which Luther tells his own story. Is it yours? Be sure to read the Scripture. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Colossians 2:13-15 (ESV)
13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.
“In devil’s dungeon chained I lay
The pangs of death swept o’er me.
My sin devoured me night and day
In which my mother bore me.
My anguish ever grew more rife,
I took no pleasure in my life
And sin had made me crazy.
Then was the Father troubled sore
To see me ever languish.
The Everlasting Pity swore
To save me from my anguish.
He turned to me his father heart
And chose himself a bitter part,
The Dearest did it cost him.
Then spoke the Son, ‘Hold thou to me,
From no on thou wilt make it.
I gave my very life for thee
And for thee I will stake it.
For I am thine and thou art mine,
And where I am our lives entwine,
The Old Fiend cannot shake it.’
[Martin Luther in Roland H. Bainton, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1958), p.49]