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4.2.19 – “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Thomas Chisholm – 1925

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!


This morning, as I was spending time with the Lord, I was reminded of this hymn, and I heard it playing in my head. I didn’t really know the history of the hymn or the writer of the hymn, so I read into it some this morning.

The hymn is based on Lamentations 3:23,

“Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.”

Thomas Chisholm was born in a log cabin in Kentucky, 1866. He was an ordinary man, without any kind of formal education. This ordinary man wrote nearly 1,200 poems throughout his lifetime, including many published hymns. “Great is Thy Faithfulness” is one of those beloved hymns.

Looking back on the writing of the hymn, Chisholm recalled, “My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.



–Heather ?

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