Behind the Music ~ Great is Your Faithfulness

19 Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
    the wormwood and the gall!
20 My soul continually remembers it
    and is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind,
    and therefore I have hope:

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.”

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
    to the soul who seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:19-26

These precious verses…so much love and mercy. Before I had written even one song I knew I wanted to write a song about God’s faithfulness. The couple years prior to 2016 held heartache and the Lord comforted me with the promises in His Word. We serve a God that is faithful and merciful which means we have hope, we can depend on Him, we can trust Him. So I turned those heartaches over to Him and stood on His promises and He gave me peace over them all.

The first time I led this song at Boonville Correctional Center I heard a gentleman in the congregation yell out “hey! I just read that this morning!”, I smiled to myself and thought again about how wonderful it is to put God’s Word to music. It was at this same service that I shared my testimony, many men came forward to receive Christ and I met a man that told me I needed to meet his sister, she had a tv program in North Carolina. I didn’t think too much about it at the time but a couple months later and I was pulled over on the side of the road talking with this woman I had never met, praying and seeking the Lord’s will regarding us doing any kind of ministry together. Fast forward a few more months and I was on a plane to North Carolina as the guest worship leader for a Women’s Conference and on her local tv show “Iron Sharpens Iron” with several other ladies. They are still sweet friends today. You may be thinking, what does this have to do with God’s faithfulness, well, I met a young man on that trip, he was around my son’s age and he preached at one of the conference sessions. He reminded me of my oldest son. My boys have had struggles with their own faith which put this mama’s heart under much duress. This young man touched me and I was reminded of God’s faithfulness yet again.

No matter what struggles or trials you are going through or how many times you have messed up, God’s mercies are new every day, He sees you and loves you. His love is steadfast and He is faithful.

The lyrics to this song are mostly the above scriptures. The chorus says “Great is your faithfulness, Your holiness we acclaim” The word acclaim comes from the Latin word acclamare, which means to cry out. So it only makes sense that the verb form of acclaim means to offer enthusiastic praise or applause. There is no one else worthy of my enthusiastic praise and applause than the King of kings.

Great is Your Faithfulness
Verse 1
Your steadfast love never ceases
Your mercies never end
Every morning is brand new again
Verse 2
I’ll put my hope in You, Lord
My soul will seek You out
You are good to me so I will wait
Great is Your faithfulness
Your holiness we acclaim
Great is Your faithfulness
Your majesty, Your name
Remember me, my wanderings
My soul will bow down
Verse 1
Your steadfast love never cease
Your mercies never end
Every morning is brand new again
©2016 Christy Hoagland (ASCAP Sing for the King Publishing)

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