Hymn & History
Lamentations 3:22-23

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

By Thomas O. Chisholm, 1923


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Hymn Lyrics

THE LYRICS ~ “Great is Thy Faithfulness”  

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!

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The Author of the Hymn

THE AUTHORS ~ Thomas Chisholm

Born July 29,1866 in Franklin, Kentucky
Died February 29,1960 in Ocean Grove, New Jersey

Thomas O. Chisholm was born in Franklin, Kentucky in 1866. His boyhood was spent on a farm and in teaching district schools. He spent five years as editor of the local paper at Franklin. He was converted to Christianity at the age of 26 and soon after was business manager and office editor of the “Pentecostal Hearld” or Louisville, Ky. In 1903 he entered the ministry of the M. E. Church South. His aim in writing was to incorporate as much as Scripture as possible and to avoid flippant or sentimental themes. 

History of Hymn

THE HISTORY ~ “Great is Thy Faithfulness” 

Thomas O. Chisholm wrote the poem in 1923 about God’s faithfulness over his lifetime. Chisholm sent the song to William Runyan in Kansas, who was affiliated with both the Moody  Bible Institute and Hope Publishing Company. Runyan set the poem to music, and it was published that same year by Hope Publishing Company and became popular among church groups. The Biblical lyrics reference Lamentations 3:22-23. The song was exposed to wide audiences after becoming popular with Dr. William Henry Houghton of the Moody Bible Institute and Billy Graham, who used the song frequently on his international crusades. Since the middle 20th century, this hymn has been the university hymn of Cairn University which was formerly Philadelphia Biblical University and prior to that Philadelphia College of Bible, founded in 1913.” 

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