Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hymn of the Month -- Great is Thy Faithfulness

This hymn was written by Thomas Chisholm.  It was born out of the truth he experienced in his own life: his assurance of the faithfulness of God.

Chisholm came to Christ at the age of 27 and, when he was 36, he became a pastor.  But his health wasn't good, and after just one year of preaching he had to leave the ministry.  He spent the rest of his working life as an insurance salesman.

His health struggles continued throughout his life, yet he trusted in God's faithfulness and wrote about it in some of the 1200 poems he penned.  In 1923, at the age of 57, he sent some of his poems to William Runyan of the Hope Publishing Company.  Great is Thy Faithfulness -- expressing confidence in God's character, the evidence of His faithfulness through creation, and the personal witness of God's blessings in the life of the believer -- caught Mr Runyan's attention and he set the poem to music.  It became so popular on the Moody Bible College campus that it was considered Moody's unofficial theme song and was later made more widely known through George Beverly Shea.

Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22,23

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