Amid his grief over Jerusalem and the plight of God’s people, the prophet Jeremiah held onto God’s unfailing faithfulness when he penned his weepy Lamentations. Good theology will do that.
In 1923, Lamentations 3:21-23 inspired Thomas Obediah Chisholm, a young Methodist minister of ill health, to write a poem that later became the lyrics to one of the most beloved hymns of the Christian faith called “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”
Much later, this hymn connected a young evangelist named Billy Graham with a soloist named George Beverly Shea, who was invited to sing “Great is Thy Faithfulness” on the Moody Radio Network. The fact that God’s mercies are “new every morning,” inspired Chisholm to write, “All I have needed Thy hand hath provided.”