Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Last Sunday evening during Element's worship set, in between Third Day's "God of Wonders" and Matt Redman's "You Never Let Go," our band led us to sing that great 20th century hymn "Great is Thy Faithfulness." Man, you should have heard our crowd of twentysomethings and thirtysomethings sing this like they'd never heard it before (and maybe some of them hadn't). The confession and declaration of the song itself brought tears to my eyes, and singing it corporately was such a wonderful prelude to getting to teach on living a life in expectation of God's deliverance.

One of my faves, particularly the third verse.
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 will be.

(Refrain)
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!

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.

(Refrain)

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!

(Refrain)

Words are by Thomas Chisholm; music is by William Runyan

I love that a bunch of young punks were enthusiastically singing a song by a guy who looked like this:


Man, I love the Church.

2 comments:

Anna said...

Must have been a sight and sound to behold!

Maybe you can convince the worship leader to try, "Be Thou My Vision"?

~Anna

Jared said...

Oo, we've done that one before too. Among others.

Our worship guy is great at putting hymns into our worship time, and even the "new" songs he does are Gospel-driven and consciously theo-centric and related to the message theme.

His name is Chris Wilcoxson, btw, and he's awesome.