Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday Scripture

One of my favorite scriptures is found in the book of Lamentations, which was written by the prophet Jeremiah after the destruction of Jerusalem. I have the verses posted on the wall of my office right above the computer so that I have a daily reminder of one of the attributes of God's character. (You would be surprised how many people have commented about it!)

Jeremiah says, "My soul ... bows down within me." in Jer. 3:20. He paints the picture of total despair and hopelessness. But then he says:

This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.
The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.
"The Lord is my portion," says my soul. "Therefore I have hope in Him." Jer. 3:21-24

I also love the hymn, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," written by Thomas Chisholm

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 will 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!


Thomas Chisholm was born in 1866 in the state of Kentucky. He wrote over 1200 hymns, such as: "Living For Jesus," and "O, to be Like Thee." But the hymn we remember the most is "Great Is Thy Faithfulness." Chisholm did not write this hymn because something great and miraculous had taken place in his life. No, he wrote this because over his entire life he had learned to see the greatness of God. At the age of 75, he wrote:

"My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness."

No comments:

Post a Comment