This Great Hymn Comes From An Ordinary Life!

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The lyrics to this song were not inspired by miraculous events or some extraordinary circumstances. According to the author of the words, this hymn was inspired by the everyday events in his life and the truth he found in Scripture.

Born in an ordinary log cabin in Kentucky, Thomas Chisolm became a Believer at age 27 and went into the ministry at age 36, but had to retire after his health declined just one year later. He sold insurance after that, and while holding down that desk job, composed more than 1,200 poems, some of which became published hymns.

When William Runyan, the composer of the tune for Chisolm’s poem, was writing the melody he “prayed most earnestly that [his]tune might carry its message in a worthy way.” He also said this of the song, “and the subsequent history of its use indicates that God answered prayer.”

* Youtube video: S. Joel Norman featuring Daniel Doss

Great is Thy Faithfulness, 1923

Words: Thomas Chisolm
Music: William Runyan

Great Is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father!
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Though changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Refrain:
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.

Refrain

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!

Refrain