“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lam 3:22
In complete contrast to our hymn last month, the story behind the writing of “Great is Thy Faithfulness” is not a tragic one. In fact, the life of the writer, Thomas Chisholm (1866-1960) was completely ordinary. He came to saving faith in Jesus in his 20’s, became a pastor some years later, but had health issues that caused him to retire early into a desk job as an insurance agent. He wrote over a thousand poems during his life, but this particular poem, was set to music by a friend and gained popularity after it was used during the Billy Graham crusades. That was a big highlight for Chisholm, who had a habit of describing himself as “just an old shoe.”
Pretty stinkin’ ordinary.
But wait. Isn’t that GREAT news, friends? God can use the most ordinary folks to do great things. Because while we might be ordinary, He is far from it.
We serve an extraordinary God.
All we need is to be faithful, and God will use our dishwashing, our diaper changing, our truth teaching, our story reading, our co-sleeping (or never sleeping!), our boo-boo kissing, and our daily reminding to “please be gentle,” or “Ooooh dearest, don’t eat paper.” Everything we do can be taken by that extraordinary God and turned into something so beautifully used for His glory and honor.
And EVEN when we fail and are faithless, our covenant-keeping, never failing, mercy giving, never changing God will be faithful. GREAT is Thy Faithfulness, O God our Father.
Many of you may know this hymn already. But if this is an unfamiliar song for you and your family, please use our YouTube playlist to hear it so you can sing it with confidence. We’ve added several versions of the hymn to the top of our playlist for you to choose from. Feel free to use our printable lyrics and music to help you along, free of charge.
If you are new to the HOTM community, welcome! We encourage you to gather up your families for just a few minutes each day, to sing, discuss and memorize this hymn, whether it is during family worship, or before bedtime – whatever works best for your family. By the end of June, you are encouraged to post either a photo or video inspired by the song on Instagram. Every time you post, you will be entered into a drawing for a little something special. More info on that coming soon! Just tag your post with #hymnofthemonth. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Please let us know if you’ll be joining in!
A Hymn for Ordinary Christians – Great is Thy Faithfulness by Bob Kauflin
Then Sings My Soul -Robert J. Morgan