Is Thy Faithfulness
many hymns are born out of a particular dramatic experience, this hymn
was simply the result of the author’s morning by morning realization
of God’s personal faithfulness.
Obadiah Chisholm was born in a log cabin in Kentucky. Without the
benefit of high school or advanced training, he began his career as a
school teacher at the age of sixteen, in the same country schoolhouse
where he had received his elementary training.
he was twenty-one, he became the associate editor of his home town
weekly newspaper, The Franklin Favorite. Six years later he
accepted Christ as his personal Savior during a revival meeting.
Chisholm was ordained to the Methodist ministry but was forced to resign
after a brief pastorate because of poor health. Chisholm retired in 1953
and spent his remaining years at the Methodist Home for the Aged, in
Ocean Grove, New Jersey.
a letter dated 1941, Mr. Chisholm wrote; “My income has not been large
at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has
followed me until now, although I must not fail to record the unfailing
faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God, for which I am filled with
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
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.
(2) Great is Thy faithfulness, great is Thy
morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided-
Great is Thy faithfulness, lord, unto me!
(3) 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.
(4) 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!