Worship Music Mini: Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Hi, friends. Today, I am starting a new series of posts. I enjoy researching and analyzing worship music as a Christian and an English grad (usually hymns). “Story Behind” posts include background on the author and a devotional. “Worship Music Mini” posts will be shorter and less in-depth. Instead of providing author background and a devotional, they’ll do one of a few things–connect the song to a Bible verse, tell a cool story related to the song’s history, focus on a line that strikes me, etc.

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

I’ve sung this one in church for years and only recently realized these lyrics are directly based in scripture. The words are simply beautiful. It’s becoming one of my favorite hymns.

The Book of Lamentations is a collection of poetic writings mourning the destruction of Jerusalem. In the midst of woe, this still rings true…

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
    his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23, NRSV)

Lyrics:

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

(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

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

I love the chorus of this song; forgive my ignorance on musical terms, but I love how the two iterations of “Great is thy faithfulness” make a powerful punch and build up to the “Morning by morning” line.

 

Thanks for reading! God bless you!

13 comments

  1. This is great Li l y 🙂 The “Old” Hymns packed a punch with lyrics really coming from pure hearts. It’s interesting that just yesterday morning before leaving for work I did some research myself on the great hymn by Thomas Dorsey, Precious Lord Take My Hand. Believe it or not it was not originally recorded by Elvis Presley. There is a great story behind this hymn also. Blessings

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  2. Cool!

    I always especially love singing songs right out of Scriptures or based specifically on them. Singing God’s Word excites me.

    We sing another one from this passage that basically IS THIS passage called, Steadfast Love of The Lord. But, of course, I know this one too.

    I wonder if you have a list of songs right out of the Bible. They are most meaningful to me.

    I am partial to a few others as well … Amazing Grace and O Love That Will Not Let Me Go.

    You know… Scholars think Phil. 2:5-11 was probably a song sung in the early church by the first Christians, but I don’t know anyone revamping it today. There is also a Colossian hymn too like that. I would love for someone to revamp them for us modern types.

    Thanx for this.

    X

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    1. Some of the Phil 22:5-11 words are in the little chorus He is Lord. ” He is Lord, He is Lord, He is risen from the dead and He is Lord. Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord”. Have a great day!

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    2. I like songs based on scripture, too! The series was originally going to be songs based in scripture, but I soon learned in research that while some songs are easy to discern, a lot of songs either reference multiple verses or people disagree on the scripture a song is referencing. It got confusing fast! I will have to look up that other song 🙂

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    1. The words to this song have become a sort of morning prayer and general mantra for me–in keeping with the idea of praying without ceasing, I recite the words to hymns in my head as little prayers throughout the day 🙂

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      1. I like to pray Bible prayers too. And sing Bible songs as prayers…. Nothing beats God’s Word, certainly not mine. I find myself leaning more and more on those prayers and songs than my own, and it’s like exploring behind the curtain things I cannot see with my eyes, but I can feel them like braille vision with my spirit.

        Hopefully when the day comes that faith becomes sight, I will already know my way around in there, in that Holy Place.

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