Great is Thy faithfulness

“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 wilt be.
  “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.
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!
Laura Phares-Wilson

United States

I believe the source for this hymn is Lamentations 3: 21-27 (Sacrifice of Praise / Faith in Calamity).

21. This will I bring back to my heart, therefore will I hope.

22. The lovingkindnesses of Yahweh, verily they are not exhausted, verily! not at an end are His compassions.

23. New things for the mornings; abundant is thy faithfulness.

24. My portion is Yahweh, saith my soul; for this cause will I wait for Him.

25. Good is Yahweh to them who wait for Him, to the soul that will seek Him 26. Good it is, both to wait and be silent, for the deliverance of Yahweh

27. Good it is for a man that he should bear the yoke in his youth.

Frank Crawford

Burleson, TX, United States

This wonderful hymn was played at my graduation from Biola University---MA in Christian Apologetics. I love it and play it on my piano. Thank you God for inspiring this magnificent composition.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Mathew Grace Kurikesu

Portland, Oregon, United States

Do you want to prove His very present faithfulness? Be an UNTIL man; 'cause He is an UNTIL God! Each after its own kind! The meeting of an UNTIL God and an UNTIL man is like setting fire to a loaded string of fireworks, sparklers......endless Halle............... Fill it if you can. Amen.

Ebrown Obuks

Kano, KN, Nigeria

A song with an overwhelming lyrics and tune.... A message that defines God's faithfulness to man and mankind. Do you feel like choking with cry or your eyes bleeding with tears. That's how I feel each time I sing this song.

I love You Lord....


Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

Your comments from all over the world have blessed my heart this early morn. I wonder each day how I will make it through...but God gives me strength. He saved me through stage 4 breast cancer 17 years ago to now care for my 84 year old husband and 100 mother. We all know how faithful He is in our lives. We serve a mighty God. My heart is united with all the wonderful Christians around the world. God bless each and every one of you.


Abuja, Nigeria

His faithfulness I can never measure. Sometimes I feel all He does is just to face me and pour down His mercy on me.


God is so good!

Akintunde Timothy

Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria

It's a treasure to have this website. I pray The Lord Almighty bless the originator and those who maintain and improve it eternal life. In Jesus name. Jesus is Lord. Amen.

Mathew Grace Kurikesu

Portland, Oregon, United States

Oops,venturing to describe, delineate His truth, faithfulness is like rolling up my sleeves and bending to lap and dry up the Pacific Ocean! The sword of the Lord and of Gideon! Halle.....lujah.


Hartford, CT, United States

Ooo how great is his

He´s faithful than I can explain.

Faith at a point He looks at my sin and ignore it...

His mercy is always renew

What kinda God is this man???

Other gods strike theirs servant when they mess up

But You keep calling yours to come and reason together. ....

Great is Your faithfulness dear God..

Thank You

Because You were faithful You're faithful

You will forever be faithful.

Although we are unfaithful, God is faithful. Lamentations 3:23b says, "Great is Your faithfulness." The chorus of a well-known hymn on God's faithfulness (Hymns, #19) says, "'Great is Thy faithfulness!' 'Great is Thy faithfulness!' / Morning by morning new mercies I see; / All I have needed Thy hand has provided—/ 'Great is Thy faithfulness,' Lord, unto me!" We may understand what the Bible says and what this hymn says about God's faithfulness either in a natural way or in a spiritual way. When you sing this hymn, how do you understand the word faithfulness? If you understand God's faithfulness in a natural way, you may think that He is faithful primarily in the matter of material provisions or physical blessings. When some say that God is faithful, they mean that He is faithful to take care of their material needs. However, in 1 Corinthians 1:9 Paul says, "God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." God is faithful in this matter, but He may not be faithful to provide you a large house or a well-paying job. I would not deny the fact that God is faithful in caring for our welfare. My point is that God's faithfulness is not according to our natural understanding.

Consider the sufferings of the apostle Paul. He was called, commissioned, burdened, and sent by God, but wherever he went he had troubles. For example, as soon as he began to preach Christ, he began to suffer persecution. He even had to escape from Damascus by being lowered down the wall in a basket. Does this mean that God was not faithful to Paul? No, it means that God's faithfulness is not according to our natural understanding.

When we believed in the Lord Jesus, we might have expected to have peace and blessing. But instead we might have had many troubles and might have lost our security, our health, or our possessions. When some Christians experience such things, they may question God's faithfulness and ask why He did not prevent hardships from happening to them.

We need to realize that in allowing us to have troubles, God is faithful in His purpose to turn us from idols and bring us back to Himself. Our peace, safety, health, and possessions may become idols to us, and God is faithful to take these things away so that we may drink of Him as the fountain of living waters. If our house or our possessions become idols to us, we drink of them and not of God. God's faithfulness is a matter of dealing with these idols and causing us to drink of Him.

God is faithful in leading us into His economy, and His economy is for us to drink Christ, to eat Christ, to enjoy Christ, to absorb Christ, and to assimilate Christ that God may have His increase with us to fulfill His economy. This is God's faithfulness.

Instead of drinking of God as the fountain of living waters, Israel drank of their idols. Therefore, God used the Babylonians to deal with these idols and also to destroy Jerusalem and even the temple, which had become an idol to them. We need to see that we are not better than Israel. Anything can become an idol to us. But God is faithful in fulfilling His economy. In His faithfulness He deals with our idols that we may drink of Him. We all need to drink of God as the fountain of living waters, receiving Christ into us and assimilating Him, so that He may increase for the fulfillment of God's economy to have His expression through His counterpart.

Whereas God is faithful, we are neither faithful nor chaste but go to many other husbands. After failing God, we may receive some mercy and grace and therefore repent and weep, saying, "How pitiful I am! For a long time I have not loved the Lord very much, and I have not attended the meetings." While we are repenting and weeping, God is rejoicing. However, if we repent and weep too much, even our repentance may become an idol. We may testify in a meeting, saying that we have thoroughly repented to God. But this may be a matter of self-boasting and be a self-made idol. Therefore, after repenting, we should begin to drink of the living waters, praising God, giving thanks to Him for everything, and enjoying Him. This is what God wants. God is not interested in anything other than our enjoyment of Christ.

Jeremiah's speaking in Lamentations 3:22-26 is another pattern of prophesying: "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord." Jeremiah told us that it is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed. This is not foretelling but blessing, well-speaking. He told us that the mercies, the compassions, of the Lord are new every morning. We need to learn to prophesy in this way. Jeremiah told the Lord, "Great is thy faithfulness." There is a well-known hymn based upon this verse (Hymns, #19). Jeremiah also said that the Lord was his portion. It is marvelous that there was a prophet in the Old Testament who knew that the Lord was his portion. When we tell others that the Lord is our portion, we are speaking the Lord to them.