The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord. (Lamentations 3:22-26)
I wrote this song two years after the loss that resulted in my writing of “Regarding Elijah (It is Well with My Soul).” I think it’s fitting that the songs that were quick to mind in great loss and great gladness were songs of liturgy – the “work of the people.” The prayer on my heart in great sadness was a ‘singing along’ with the words that were written from the place of great sadness and surrender of someone else (It is Well with My Soul), and the words of great gladness were a response to that as well.
A recognition that the story continues.
“It is well with my soul, the way You lead me…”
Because, “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” (Lam. 3:25-26). As I was writing this song arrangement, and its original introduction, I was reminded of nature and the way the seasons point to the faithfulness of God. God’s faithfulness is not contained in things being the way that we want it, but rather the recognition of the way of wisdom in which nature and our existence has been created – and trusting that the same Hand that created all that works restoration and renewal for us in His wisdom. That’s what I love about the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” – its wording of Lamentations that points to nature and its seasons.