I could wager you can’t read these words without hearing a tune.
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.
These words from Great is Thy Faithfulness written by Thomas O. Chishom, 1866-1960, encourage. They are true. His compassions never fail! He is faithful! His mercies are new . . . every morning!
The truths of Lamentations 3:21-24 (ESV) are the foundation and framework of the beautiful hymn quoted above, Great Is Thy Faithfulness.
“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul,
‘therefore I will hope in Him.’ ”
These words penned by the prophet Jeremiah around 586 b.c. encourage. They are truth. The covenant, loyal love of the LORD never ceases! His faithfulness is great! His mercies are new . . . every morning.
Notice one interesting addition Thomas Chishom made to the truths Jeremiah wrote in Lamentations – Morning by morning new mercies I see. Jeremiah never saw new mercies. He prophesied for four plus decades during arguably the darkest period in the history of God’s people. He prophesied before, during, and after the siege and destruction of Jerusalem – his beloved city, the city for which he wept. (Jeremiah 9:1) While he lived and prophesied, he was hated, mocked, rejected (even by family), and cast into a cistern. During the siege and after, every morning brought a new form of horror, devastation, and pain. (2 Kings 25:1-12) He didn’t see new mercies. Yet his hope remained steadfast in the love, mercy, and faithfulness of the LORD.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.” (Lam. 3:24 NIV)
That is a choice, sweet Friend. I will . . . I will hope in Him. Because of what I know to be true about the love of God, the mercy of God, and the faithfulness of God, I will hope in Him.
I do not know what you face this morning. Pain? Loss? Heartbreak? Rejection? Failure? Death? His steadfast love never ceases. What you face cannot separate you from His steadfast love.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
His mercies – new every morning for Jeremiah, even though he never saw them, are every bit as new for you today – this very morning. Tell your soul these encouraging bedrock truths about God. Your soul will respond, “Therefore, I will hope in Him.”
About the Writer
Joni passionately enjoys sharing what she learns in Bible study with the ladies of Refresh and Refresh@Night. Her days are best described as comfortable chaos – filled with grandchildren, a sweet mom-in-law, study time, and unexpected changes in plan. She’s also a frequent flyer to Pittsburgh for fun and cold weather chaos with her transplanted grandchildren in the north. All of this is far from the bon bons and leisure time her husband imagines her daily enjoying!