Hymn

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; 
There is no shadow of turning with thee, 
Thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not, 
As thou hast been, thou forever wilt be. 

Great is thy faithfulness! 
Great is thy faithfulness! 
Morning by morning new mercies I see 
All I have needed thy hand hath provided 
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me! 

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, 
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above; 
Join with all nature in manifold witness, 
To thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. 

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, 
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; 
Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow 
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside. 

by Thomas Chisholm

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The Story Behind the Hymn, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

On a dull day in 1923, Thomas Chisholm scribbled out the poem, Great Is Thy Faithfulness.

Passed from friend to friend, to composer, to publisher, to evangelist, and eventually to the countless people in church pews well past the time of Thomas' death, this short, simple song became world-famous.

This man and his four stanzas provide us with a remarkable illustration of God's Word in the book of 2 Corinthians, when he tells us, "My power is made perfect in weakness" (v. 9).

Thomas Chisholm was not out to win the world or make a splash. He didn't go to college, failed to finish out his preaching ministry due to illness, and worked an ordinary job as an insurance agent.

Thomas just enjoyed writing poetry based on what he learned from the Bible. He was an ordinary man, who delighted in the extraordinarily powerful words of Scripture.

Thomas delighted in artfully repeating the very words of Scripture, in this case, the prophet Jeremiah's words from Lamentations. He wrote over 1200 poems.

The perseverance and prominence of the hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness throughout the last century can only be accredited to the power of God's Word, which does not need strong people to defend it, only faithful men and women to love it and proclaim it.

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HISTORY OF GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS

Author
Hymnwriter Thomas Chisholm was born in Franklin, Kentucky.
Lyrics Written
Thomas Chisholm wrote his poem “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”
Music Composition
William Runyan (1870-1957), a musician at Moody Bible Institute, composed music for Chisholm’s hymn.
Publishing
Hope Publishing Company in Chicago published “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”
Hymn Broadcasted
Evangelist Billy Graham heard the hymn broadcasted on Moody Radio.
Hymn Publicized
George Beverly Shea (1909-2013), a famous singer at the Billy Graham Crusades, introduced the hymn to evangelistic meetings in Great Britain.
Author’s Death
Thomas Chisolm died in Ocean Grove, New Jersey.
Age of the Hymn
“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” entered the public domain in the United States.
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Article: 7 Min

A Hymn for Ordinary Christians

by Bob Kauflin at Worship Matters

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Great
is your
 
faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:23 NIV
Article: 5 Min

Story Behind the Song: Great Is Thy Faithfulness

by Lindsay Terry at The St. Augustine Record

Verse
JAMES 1:17 NKJV

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 

Article: 5 Min

Thomas O. Chisholm

by Charles Gabriel and William Reynolds at Hymnology Archive

Verse
LAMENTATIONS 3:22-23 ESV

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
 
great is your faithfulness. 
 

Article: 10 Min

Seeing God’s Faithfulness in the Ordinary Life of Thomas Chisholm

by Chosen People Ministries

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Make it
your goal to
live a quiet life,
minding
your own
business
and
working with your hands

1 Thessalonians 4:11 NLT
Article: 7 Min

A Soul-Refreshing Song

by Tiffany Jothen at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Verse
EXODUS 34:6-7 ESV

The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.” 

Verse
1 John 1:9 ESV

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

Article: 10 Min

New Year or New Mercies

by Phillip Holmes at The Witness BCC

Quote

God has given me many wonderful
displays of his
providing care,
which have filled me with astonishing gratefulness.

Verse
Lamentations 3:24 ESV

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul “therefore I will hope in him.” 

Quote

For truth and promise richly stored 
For me within thy holy Word, 
For light and comfort they afford, 
I thank thee, heavenly Father!  

Verse
1 THESSALONIANS 5:23-24 NLT

Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful. 

Songs
Quote

This particular poem
held such an appeal
that I prayed most earnestly
that my tune might carry over its message in a worthy way, and the subsequent history of its use indicates that
God answered prayer.

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Lamentations

Both the first verse and the refrain of the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” quote the book of Lamentations, written by the prophet Jeremiah. Grief seeps out of this book, as the prophet mourns God’s faithfulness to his word of judgment against Israel. But Jeremiah ends his lament rejoicing in God’s faithfulness to his promise of mercy and compassion to restore Israel one day.
by Jeremiah | Poetry