Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 – Great is Thy Faithfulness – Luke 3:22-24

The text of this hymn was written by Thomas Chisholm who lived a long life from 1866-1960 and was renewed in 1951 by Hope Publishing Co. Surprisingly, there were four Bible passages mentioned as sources.

The first, Lamentations 3:22-24, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning great is your faithfulness. I will say to myself. The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for him.” What a great promise! Even because of our sin, the Lord’s love will not change toward us. It is new every day. The last part of the verse “I will wait for Him” tests us at times.

From James 1:17 comes another great promise to uphold is in “the wait.” “Every good and perfect gift is from above” and “who does not change like the shifting shadows.” Lord, keep me patient and trusting in your faithfulness forever.

Psalm 89:1-2 encourages us to sing of the Lord’s love and to make His faithfulness known throughout the generations and that His love stands firm.

The Last Bible notation is Genesis 8:20-22. Noah and his family have just emerged from the ark and built an alter and sacrificed an offering to the Lord. It was a pleasing aroma to God. He promised never again to curse the ground because of man’s inclination to sin or destroy all creatures. Then in verse 22 God promises, “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not; Thy compassion 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!

-Marlene Conrad

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