GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS written in 1923
Thomas Chisholm (1866-1960) certainly had his share of disappointments in life. He was born in a crude cabin in Kentucky, and he never had a chance to attend high school or college. His health was fragile, forcing him to resign as a Methodist minister after only one year. He began writing, but received more than his share of rejection letters. Even when his poems were eventually published, he rarely received any money for them.
At the age of 57, Thomas wrote this hymn, based on Lamentations 3:22,23.
He sent the words to William Runyan (1870-1957) in Kansas, who was affiliated with both the Moody Bible Institute and Hope Publishing Company. Runyan set the poem to music, and it was published that same year by Hope Publishing Company and became popular among church groups.
Later, when Thomas was asked about the circumstances surrounding this hymn, he simply mentioned God’s faithfulness as he’d learned it by experience and studying the Bible.
This hymn has been a favorite of many for generations… and would certainly rank in my top 5 hymns of all time!
Read this hymn, and – today – consider God’s faithfulness in your life.
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. (Refrain)
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own great presence to cheer and to guide;
strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside. (Refrain)