“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!”
Thomas O. Chisolm & William M. Runyan –
“Great is Thy Faithfulness” 1923
My mom used to always say to me, “Tomorrow is another day.” That mom-ism helped me cope with less-than-ideal circumstances, failures, and disappointments. It left me with the feeling that, no matter what had happened today, I could start over tomorrow. I don’t think she realized, however, how true that mom-ism was.
Ever since I heard the hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness” from CeCe Winans (circa 1996), this particular phrase resonated within my very being: “morning by morning new mercies I see.” At the time, I didn’t realize that phrase was scripturally based.
Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
Of course, it would be very easy to speak of the amazingly powerful truth in each stanza, but for this post, I’d like to focus on “morning by morning new mercies I see.”
With people, morning by morning doesn’t bring newness or mercy or new mercy. No, you wake up and remember the wrongs done to you the day before. Mistakes go on forever. We’re good at keeping records of wrongs.
That being said, it is a difficult thing to grasp the fact that the Lord renews his mercy toward us on a daily basis. But Jesus isn’t a liar. He is faithful. For our faithfulness to change His faithfulness would degrade the God-ness of His faithfulness. You see, our God does not change.
Our response to his ever-renewing mercy should help us do a number of things including, but not limited to, easily forgive our fellow man and rejoice in thankfulness to God for His ever-renewing mercy.
Here’s my simple recording of this timeless hymn:
For Thought & Discussion:
- Why Did I Write this?
- Click here to listen to Russell Martin’s piano interpretation of this hymn as part of his series: “Instrumental Reflections” on Fork In the Road Music (dot) org.
- More info on this hymn.
- More info on Thomas Chisolm.
- What are your thoughts about this stanza?
- Look up and consider:
- Are there any other verses that back up this hymn theologically?
- Have you used this song lately? Have you explained it?
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