Great Is Thy Faithfulness



Words: Thomas Chisholm
Music: William M. Runyan
Key: Bb major
Time: 3/4
Tempo: 94 | mid tempo
Meter: with refrain
CCLI #: 7189960
Verse: Lamentations 3:22-23

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” is one of our most popular hymns. It was written by Thomas Chisholm his friend William Runyan composed the music. It serves as a testament to God’s unchanging nature and emphasizes His faithfulness. The lyrics, deeply rooted in Scripture like Lamentations 3:22-23 have earned it a place in hymnals across all denominations like the Baptist Hymnal and United Methodist Hymnal.

Chisholm was an ambitious Methodist minister who faced numerous trials in life, from health to financial struggles. Yet through it all, he continuously saw God’s faithfulness. This outlook was reflected in his hymns; even after leaving his congregation due to declining health, he wrote nearly 1,200 poems throughout his life. Many of these became published hymns reflecting elements of traditional hymns while celebrating God’s enduring love.

The captivating tune FAITHFULNESS transcends congregational settings and resonates within popular culture. It quickly became an unofficial theme song for Moody Bible Institute after Runyan shared it there.

Eventually drawing the attention of evangelist Billy Graham, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” reached global audiences through crusades during the 1950s. Showcasing Chisholm’s emphasis on God’s unwavering commitment to us, this timeless work continues to be one of the most loved songs celebrating divine assurance today.

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