For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself,………..
In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.
Those verses are found in Hebrews 6. They were written to clearly relay our Father’s faithfulness so that we might come to trust Him and be encouraged to take hold of the hope set before us in the New Way!
One of my favorite songs to sing throughout the day is “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. I have found it to be an incredible comfort and encouragement to me, whether in good times or bad. Its effect on me does not come through the quality of my singing voice but rather through the lyrics of the song. Hearing them reminds me of Him and the steadfastness of His faithfulness. Amazing!
In 1923, Thomas Chisolm birthed this great hymn regarding the faithfulness of God. The content of the song comes from the Book of Lamentations.
God’s unchanging character and unfailing compassions are emphasized in the first stanza.
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.
In the second, God’s faithfulness in maintaining the order of His universe is brought to light.
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.
The final verse then reminds us of God’s faithfulness in forgiving our sins, providing strength for today and hope for tomorrow.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Hard to go wrong by meditating on this powerful ode!
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!
Chisholm wrote over 1200 hymns but, in my humble opinion, none equal “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. Perhaps the secret of its power to uplift is found in the fact that it purely concentrates on God and His Nature. This is precisely the appropriate concentration necessary to tap into the power of the New Covenant.
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.”
God made us a promise! He swore an oath BY HIMSELF! His faithfulness is the surety of the New Covenant being perfected in us! What a great ray of hope!
Let’s really hear and understand what He said He would do for us. What’s more………..let’s come to believe and trust Him! We can rest in the truth of His unchangeable faithfulness and the surety of the Covenant. It is His power and the Holy Spirit working in us as we yield ourselves to Him as our God
By His faithfulness, He will prove that what He has done for us in Christ is what He will do in us every day by the Spirit of Christ.