BY JON PAUSLEY - OKOBOJI BIBLE CONFERENCE
A trend has been happening across many forms of media and entertainment in recent years. Old classics are getting a remake. Disney is remaking many of its popular cartoons in real life and even a new Mary Poppins made her debut. You may have noticed that same trend in Christian music if you follow. There are old classic songs and hymns that are getting a remake of sound while keeping the original lyrics.
A song that has been made and remade since it was written in 1928 is the hymn "Great is Thy Faithfulness."
The lyrics are written in old English form but are still consistently being sung today, even nearly 100 years after the song was written. The message of the song is God's faithfulness in providing care, provision and mercy day after day.
The thing about faithfulness is that it can only be developed over time. The Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park likely didn't get its name after its first couple eruptions. A loyal dog wasn’t referred to as faithful while a puppy, and a consistent spouse isn’t called faithful after the first date. Faithfulness is only proven over time.
The writers of both the Old and New Testaments speak of the faithfulness of God displayed to them in their lifetime. Generations of believers look back and consistently say that even during difficult situations God was faithful.
If God's faithfulness was not still as true today as it has been across history the song "Great is Thy Faithfulness" would not continue to be sung today.
I am confident the songs message has a bright future as God’s faithfulness has a long track record in the past.
Lamentations 3:22-23 — The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.