Music moves my soul. God instilled this love inside of me. Sometimes I feel the closest to Him with a praise song in the air or on my lips! The story I am about to share is very special to me. It includes words from an old song which is scripture based. Thomas Chisholm wrote “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” as a testament to God’s faithfulness through his very ordinary life in 1925.
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!”
It was a difficult time for our family. Burdens abounded. I feel that God spoke to me with the chorus of this dear song. I felt His loving power as He healed my hurting heart. I heard His voice promise to never leave me. I gained strength and I learned joy. The story below is only part of the tale but a great testimony to God’s faithfulness in all things! He never leaves us or forsakes us!
Several years ago we were in Florida for our winter get away. While there we received word that our oldest daughter would need major surgery and it would not wait until we were back home and near her. As a parent and a mom I felt frustrated and saddened that I was not to be a part of her support team.
On the morning of her surgery I awoke with only her on my mind. I busied myself with whatever tasks would hasten the hours. As I worked a song came into my mind. An old hymn from the past, one I barely remembered. First it was just bits and pieces running through my head but I simply could not get it off my mind! As I hummed the chorus I slowly remembered the correct words. Over and over that morning the chorus spilled out of me until it was a continuous song I was singing out loud.
As I sang, a joy and a sweet peace came over me. This had to be from God! There was no way to explain how the hymn kept rushing from my brain, in every increasing clarity. Soon the call came,” She will be fine” I felt no surprise only joy, had God not spoke to me all morning in assurance? “Great is thy faithfulness...”
The love song continued all that month. Four different churches, four different weeks, the hymn that we sang was “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and my heart swelled to overflowing. What an amazing and compassionate God we have!
Since that time God has blessed me over and over with these same words, this song, this tune! He has blessed me in heartache when he said no: he has blessed me in the joy of healing. He continues to orchestrate this song into my life. I have come to desire its words and when they come I rejoice!
There came a time while sitting in church that these words burst forward filling me with joy once again. This time I felt God was speaking clearly to me in a different way. There was no crisis in my life, just a deep desire to write for and of God. As I sang “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” the words for the story started forming in my head…."all that I needed thy hand has provided” I believe He said tell your story! This story!
"Morning by morning new mercies I see, Great is your Faithfulness, Lord unto me!"