Sunday, 28 August 2016

Great Is Thy Faithfulness Hymn Story and Lyrics

Great Is Thy Faithfulness is a favorite hymn of millions of Christians all over the world. It reminds us that God is always faithful. There is indeed no shadow of turning with him.

This song came into being after William Runyan decided to compose a musical score to a friend's poem. The author of that poem was Thomas Obadiah Chisolm (1866-1960).

Thomas Obadiah Chisolm who had all sorts of bout of illnesses in his adult life had found solace in reading the scriptures and especially found strength in the fact that God was faithful to him.

His favorite biblical passage was Lamentations 3:22-23, "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness."

It was during these challenging times that Thomas exchanged letters with his friend, William Runyan, a musician. In their communication they exchanged several poems and one of those is the one that became Great Is Thy Faithfulness.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness was first published in 1923 but was relatively unknown until a Moody Bible Institute professor found it and used it very often in chapel services.

This song was popularised by George Beverly Shea who sang it at the Billy Graham evangelistic crusades around 1945.

Below are the lyrics of this popular hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness

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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!

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 will be.

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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.

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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!

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