Saturday, February 12, 2011

"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.

Summer and winter and spring-time 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,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

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!

This beautiful, inspiring hymn was written by Thomas Obediah Chisholm. He was born in a humble log cabin in Kentucky in 1866. At the age of sixteen he began teaching in that same school.

He became the associate editor of "The Franklin Favorite", the local newspaper, when he was twenty-one. Six years later he received Christ as his Savior at a revival and went on to become a Pastor. Poor health forced him to give up the pastorate, and his later years were spent at The Methodist Home for the Aged in New Jersey where he died in 1960.

In his lifetime, Mr. Chisholm wrote over 1200 poems and hymns. He based this hymn on verses found in the Old Testament:

"His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness."
Lamentations 3: 22,23

These words were found in a letter he wrote in 1941;
“My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier
years which has followed me until now, although I must not fail to record the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.”



  1. What a reassuring promise and remembrance.

  2. I said it over on FB, but I'll say it again here. Kev and Angie had us sing this as a congregational song at their wedding. Would we have had the courage to go on, if we'd known what was ahead?? This song says it all.

    I am dry too! I don't know what I'll write next.

  3. wow... this man humbles me. this morning in church we talked about greed... he is utter selflessness. thank you linda. xo

  4. What a fruitful life! You picked another favorite, Linda!

  5. Thanks for including that excerpt from his letter. I particularly relate to it. It adds so much depth to the words of an already great hymn.

  6. Happy Valentine's Day, dear Linda:-) Make sure you come over to pick up your Valentine!!

    Mr. Chisholm certainly did leave quite the legacy and how wonderful that his hymns and poems are still being used today! xoxo

  7. The title was familiar, but the hymn wasn't. However the words are wonderful. I couldn't sit here and sing this one though.
    A recurrent theme seems to run through the writers of these hymns--major obstacles that would send a lot of folks running for cover. Yet these extraordinary people wrote awesome hymns praising God. Inspiring indeed.