The text is a prayer based on Psalm 144, a psalm of lament. While the original text begins with military imagery (David preparing for war) and ends with prayer for prosperity if the nation is faithful to God, the new text references economic, media, and spiritual “battles.”
Picture: David is portrayed here in a battle with the Ammonites. (II Samuel 10:1-19)
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Biblical source: Psalm 144 (God, Our Rock and Fortress)
Tune name: ARMOR US
Alternate tune: CWM RHONDDA
Hymn content: 4 verses
Hymn arrangement: SATB, organ or piano
Sample text: Verse 1
Verse 1 (Recognizing God’s power and human frailty)
God our rock and towering fortress,
Mighty shield from first to last.
We like prophets must be fearless,
Saving all from terror’s blasts.
Armor us with right for battle.
Soon we’re shadows from the past,
Soon we’re shadows from the past.