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The History and Impact of "Great is thy Faithfulness": A Timeless Hymn of God's Steadfast Love

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The history and impact of "Great is thy Faithfulness": A Timeless Hymn of God's Steadfast Love

"Great is thy Faithfulness" is a hymn that has been cherished by Christians around the world for decades. Its powerful lyrics and inspiring melody have touched countless lives and have become a staple of Christian worship. In this blog post, we will explore the rich history of "Great is thy Faithfulness" and how it has become a beloved part of Christian tradition.

The hymn was written by Thomas Chisholm in 1923, who was a Methodist minister and a songwriter. Chisholm was born in Kentucky in 1866 and worked as a school teacher, an insurance agent, and a newspaper editor before becoming a minister. Despite his lack of formal theological training, Chisholm was a gifted writer and penned over 1,200 poems and hymns throughout his life.

"Great is thy Faithfulness" was inspired by the biblical passage found in Lamentations 3:22-23, which reads: "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." Chisholm was struck by the enduring nature of God's faithfulness and how it is renewed each day.

Great is thy Faithfulness Hymn Lyrics


The hymn was first published in 1923 in a hymnal called "The New Covenant Hymnal" and quickly gained popularity among Christians. The melody that is now associated with the hymn was composed by William M. Runyan, who was a musician and a friend of Chisholm's.

Over the years, "Great is thy Faithfulness" has become one of the most beloved hymns in Christian worship. Its lyrics are a powerful reminder of God's faithfulness and steadfast love, even in the midst of life's struggles and challenges. The hymn has been recorded by countless artists, ranging from gospel choirs to contemporary worship bands, and has been translated into multiple languages.

Great is thy Faithfulness Hymn Lyrics


One of the most remarkable things about the history of "Great is thy Faithfulness" is how it continues to resonate with Christians of all ages and backgrounds. The hymn has a timeless quality that speaks to the enduring nature of God's love and faithfulness.


In conclusion, "Great is thy Faithfulness" is a hymn that has stood the test of time and continues to inspire and encourage believers today. Its powerful message of God's faithfulness and steadfast love has touched the hearts and souls of countless individuals and congregations around the world. The hymn is a testament to the transformative power of music and its ability to connect us with God's presence and grace.

 

Great is thy Faithfulness Hymn Lyrics
We created our hand lettered hymn art to remind you of these timeless truths. As you pass them on your shelves, we pray you experience peace knowing God's faithfulness can be trusted no matter what season you are in.

You can find the "Great is Thy Faithfulness" hymn board here.
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I'd love to hear in the comments which verse from "Great is Thy Faithfulness" is your favorite! 

Lyrics: 

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my FatherThere is no shadow of turning with TheeThou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail notAs Thou hast been, Thou forever will be

Great is Thy faithfulnessGreat is Thy faithfulnessMorning by morning new mercies I seeAll I have needed Thy hand hath providedGreat is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me

Summer and winter and springtime and harvestSun, moon and stars in their courses aboveJoin with all nature in manifold witnessTo Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love

Great is Thy faithfulnessGreat is Thy faithfulnessMorning by morning new mercies I seeAll I have needed Thy hand hath providedGreat is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me

Pardon for sin and a peace that endurethThine own dear presence to cheer and to guideStrength for today and bright hope for tomorrowBlessings all mine with 10,000 beside

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  • I absolutely adore this hymn. I love all the verses. “There is no shadow of turning” with God and “Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth” ahh. <3 <3 <3

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