Sunday, October 25, 2009

Ac­cord­ing to Chis­holm, there were no spe­cial cir­cum­stanc­es which caused its writ­ing—just his ex­per­i­ence and Bi­ble truth. The hymn first ap­peared in Songs of Sal­va­tion and Serv­ice, 1923, com­piled by Wil­liam M. Run­yan. It is the un­of­fi­cial “school hymn” of Moo­dy Bi­ble In­sti­tute in Chi­ca­go, with which Run­yan was as­so­ci­at­ed for a num­ber of years.
Faith­ful­ness (Run­yan),
William M. Run­yan, 1923
Run­yan wrote the mu­sic spe­ci­fic­al­ly for these words; it ap­peared in the 1956 Bap­tist Hymn­al:
This par­ti­cu­lar po­em held such an ap­peal that I prayed most ear­nest­ly that my tune might car­ry its mes­sage in a wor­thy way, and the sub­se­quent his­to­ry of its use in­di­cates that God an­swered prayer.

I am sure that you all have heard this song many times, since it was written in 1923 and is still sung in our churches today.
I am not going to copy the whole song here today, just some words that stuck out to me this morning.
You change not, Your compassions, they fail not,
As You have been, You forever will be.
Summer and Winter and Spring and Harvest,
Sun, Moon and Stars in their courses above join with all nature. . .
To Thy Great faithfulness, mercy and love
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own clear presence to cheer and to guide,
Strength for today , bright hope for tomorrow!
Blessings all mine with ten thousand besides!
Great is God's faithfulness!
Morning by morning, new mercies I see.
All I have needed, Thy hand has provided.
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!
Well, I did copy almost all of it, but not quite.
I'm going to repeat a part again. It is speaking to me so much!
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth.
Thy own clear presence to cheer and to guide.
Strength for today, bright hope for tomorrow.
Morning by morning, new mercies I see.
All I have needed, Thy hand has provided.
Our pastor is in the middle of series about the life of Joseph. Today, his title was
Settling In,
about Jacob moving his family. He related it to when we move our family or when we have to make decisions and want to make sure that we are in God's will.
I have been able to look back at my life and see how perfect God's timing always is.
I know that He has a perfect plan for each of us as Christians. I am so glad that He gives us second chances. I'm so thankful for the new mercies every morning. I am so thankful that He did pardon my sin and has given me a peace that endures forever.
I am so thankful that His presence does encourage me and guide me and gives me strength for each day and a bright hope for tomorrow.
I have been blessed more than 10,000 times!
I hope that you know the Great Faithfulness of our God and Father.
Have a blessed Sunday and a great week!
I am linking this up for Spiritual Sunday.


  1. I love this song. Great post. Reading what you have written is uplifting and encouraging. Thank you.

  2. Oh!! Sandy, I have always loved this song not only for the melody but the words.I am so thankful for His new mercies I see each day.

    I agree He does have a perfect plan ,and He is a God of second chances, and He has always been, and continues to be so faithful to me even when I am not. . Thank you for sharing.

  3. I can't count the times I've sung this song through the years in church. The words are beautiful and so true. I love the story of Joseph. His life has always inspired me. I'm so glad you shared these thoughts with us today for Spiritual Sundays.

  4. Appreciated this history.