NEW MORNING – NEW COMPASSION – NEW LOVE – NEW MERCIES
On Sunday morning past our church held a water baptism service at one of our beaches on the eastern end of New Providence.
The air was crisp and fresh, the water was clear and sparkling and the sunrise was glorious and stunning.
Looking at it gave me a fresh appreciation of Lamentations 3:22, 23 that speaks of how God’s mercies and compassion are new every morning and declares the greatness of His faithfulness.
It also reminded me a of the hymn we often sung in the Methodist church that I attended through my childhood and teen years, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” written by Thomas Chisholm in 1925.
“Thomas Chisholm wrote “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” as a testament to God’s faithfulness through his very ordinary life. Born in a log cabin in Franklin, Kentucky, Chisholm became a Christian when he was twenty-seven and entered the ministry when he was thirty-six, though poor health forced him to retire after just one year. During the rest of his life, Chisholm spent many years living in New Jersey and working as a life insurance agent. Still, even with a desk job, he wrote nearly 1,200 poems throughout his life, including several published hymns.
Chisholm explained toward the end of his life, “My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.”
(Source – http://gaither.com/news/“great-thy-faithfulness”-story-behind-hymn)
I took a few photos that I thought I’d share followed by the Maranatha Singers singing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”.
As you view and listen, be reminded of and thankful for the awesome power, love, mercy, compassion and faithfulness of our Father.
“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.”
Lamentations 3:22-24 – KJV
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
Lamentations 3:23 – NIV
“It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not.
They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.
The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.”
Lamentations 3:22, 23 – Amplified Bible
“God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.”
Lamentations 3:22,23 – The Message Bible
GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS BY THE MARANATHA SINGERS
“The Lord’s kindness never fails!
If he had not been merciful,
we would have been destroyed.
The Lord can always be trusted
to show mercy each morning.
Deep in my heart I say,
“The Lord is all I need;
I can depend on him!”
(Lamentations 3:22-24 – Contemporary Engilsh Version)
GREAT IS GOD’S FAITHFULNESS – PRAISE HIS NAME!
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