Read His Words Before Ours!
Thomas O. Chilsolm is the author of Great is Thy Faithfulness, the hymn we’ve been unpacking in this Journey Theme. Converted to Christ during a revival service, Chilsolm went to work for the Pentecostal Herald. He later became ordained with the Methodist Episcopal church and wrote an astonishing 1200 poems, having more than eight hundred of them published in various periodicals.
Today, we’ll take a closer look at the third verse of his poem-turned-hymn:
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 10,000 beside
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.
Pardon For Sin
In the Old Testament, the Lord instructed the Jews to obtain forgiveness for their sins by bringing offerings to sacrifice on the altar at the temple. (Leviticus 16) However, Hebrews 10:1-4 explains these sacrifices only served as a temporary placeholder, needing to be repeated again and again as people continued to sin. That’s where Jesus came in, paying the price for your sin and mine, once and for all time:
“But this man [Jesus], after offering one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God. [. . .] For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:12-14)
Therefore, the apostle and preacher Peter made a great call for repentance, found in Acts 2:38, “Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Peter’s words echo through the centuries, urging each of us to experience the transformative power of repentance and seeking forgiveness from God.
A Peace That Endureth
With this pardon for sin, we can rest in God’s peace which will endure. In the Old Testament, both David and Gideon found peace in God, despite harrowing circumstances. (Judges 6:23-24; Psalm 4:8)
In the New Testament, three Gospel writers share an example of how great the Prince of Peace, Jesus, truly is by describing how He calmed a storm at sea. (Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25) We can rest in the assurance that our God, Who calmed a storm in the middle of a sea, is ever-present with us through our storms.
“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33)
Thine Own Dear Presence To Cheer
When we walk in the peace and the presence of God, we have an awareness of Him.
“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
The knowledge that He’s with us has a way of cheering our souls.
“But as for me, God’s presence is my good.
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge[.]” (Psalm 73:28)
And To Guide
Just as Gideon was given instruction by God to outwit the Midianite army (Judges 7:12-23) and Pilate’s wife was aware God spoke to her in a dream about Christ (Matthew 27:15-19), God continues to guide His people today.
“I will instruct you and show you the way to go;
With my eye on you, I will give counsel.” (Psalm 32:8)
Strength For Today And Bright Hope For Tomorrow
David, a young shepherd, had the strength to fight the militant giant Goliath, simply because David knew God was bigger than any giant, and he acted on that faith. (1 Samuel 17) Today, the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives gives us divine strength.
“Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength.” (Ephesians 6:10)
With Christ as our Savior, we have a glorious Hope for tomorrow!
Blessings All Mine With 10,000 Beside
It’s easy to mistakenly consider blessings as only that which is tangible, costly: a large house, a boat, a seven-figure income. And these certainly can be blessings, but what if there’s much more to blessings? What if the blessings God has given us can’t be measured by financial cost?
Consider the blessings of our children actively seeking the Lord.
Or a family member set free from addiction.
What if the blessings of the Lord are found in breath for another day?
Even in the midst of trials, if we focus on Him, we can see all the blessings He lavishly bestows.
His transforming forgiveness and peace,
His unending presence and guidance,
His unfailing strength and hope.
When we survey these many blessings, we can join Thomas Chilsolm in worshiping, “Great is Your faithfulness, Lord, unto me!”
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!