Gen 3:17-19             Cursed Is the Ground For Thy Sake                 6/15/2003      ßà

 

 

 

 

#1.       In Sorrow Shalt Thou Eat of it (Gen 3:17, Gal 1:8, Psalm 116:15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2.       Thorns Also and Thistles (Gen 3:18, Hos 10:1,8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3.       Thou Shalt Eat Bread (Gen 3:19, John 6:35,51)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                            

 

 

Please open your Bibles to Genesis, chapter 3:17 (2X). “The Fall” of Adam and its consequences are topics of infinite value to the salvation of our souls. For the last two weeks we have looked at God’s pronouncement of His sentence on Satan, and on the Woman. Today we will look at God’s sentence on Adam. That is why the title of today’s sermon is: Cursed Is the Ground For Thy Sake” (2X). Those are God’s words in Gen 3:17. Do you see anything peculiar in these words? Why did God say, “For Thy Sake”? It would be to our benefit to read these words within the context.

For thy sake” truly means: “for your benefit”, or “for your own good”, or “to your advantage”. Let us see if the context really means, “For thy sake”. Let us begin at Gen 3:15. There we read:

Genesis 3:15  And I (God) will put enmity between thee (sing.) and the woman (many), and between thy seed (many) and her seed (sing.); He shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.

This is a loaded verse. Two weeks ago we have seen that this verse is a promise of the defeat of Satan and a promise of salvation for the many who were in Christ when He was nailed to the cross. This verse prominently displays the cross of Christ and salvation for many, not all mankind, but many. Therefore, is this verse for our sake? Yes, it is not for Satan’s sake, but the cross is for our benefit.

Gen 3:16 ¶ Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow AND thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

These were five sorrows for the Woman who is representing the Body of Believers. We have seen that these sorrows are not the sorrows of the unsaved. The unsaved are absolutely unconcerned for these five kinds of sorrows. But God has placed these sorrows upon us for our sakes, that we may realize that we have become saved, and that we may realize that we have a sovereign God who cares for us, and who guides us in our witness to the world, and who guides us in our marriages.

Genesis 3:17 ¶ And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Did you notice that the verb “to eat” occurs in verses 17, and 18, and 19? In verse 17 God spoke about the sin of eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which had a title that invited a spiritual interpretation of this activity. Of course we know that our children initially do not know much evil. But as time goes on we see that they are getting involved in more and more evil. Only if God interferes will they stop. If God does not interfere, they will be indulging in more and more evil, like eating more and more of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and they will end up in Hell. Paraphrased God says to our children, and to us: “Because you have listened to someone else than to Me, and have eaten of that Tree of which I have commanded you that you shall not eat from it, cursed is the ground you stand on, for your sake. Therefore, in sorrow you shall eat from that cursed ground all the days of your life, which actually implies that you shall eat from that cursed ground until your last day on this earth. Your physical body is going to die”. Physical death is involved in verse 17. Spiritual death was immediate when Adam and his wife ate from this forbidden tree, and it is also promised differently in verse 18. Spiritual death in the life hereafter is promised in verse 19.

Can we say that God cursed the ground for our sake? God made this earth a cursed place, and that is why this earth is a vale of tears. This is important: If God had not cursed this earth, it might have been a pleasant place. If that were so, then there would be no need for us to be rescued, or to be saved, out of the House of Bondage. The second reason for God to curse the earth for our sake is this: God gave this earth to our parents Adam and Eve to have dominion. God said in Gen 1:27-28,

Genesis 1:27-28  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.              And God blessed them, and God said unto them, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth”.

But Adam and Eve transferred their allegiance from God to Satan. Therefore, Satan was now their supervisor, instead of God. Satan became the owner of this dominion. It is as if God said: “If I do not curse the property of Satan, then there is no Hell, and there would be no reason to save you”. Therefore, was it for our sake that God cursed the earth? Absolutely yes! We must thank God every day for having done that, since our eternal life is far more important than our life on this earth.

#1.       In Sorrow Shalt Thou Eat of it (Gen 3:17, Gal 1:8, Psalm 116:15).      God says in Gen 3:17,

Genesis 3:17 ¶ And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Adam listened to the voice of his wife, and cast aside the warning from God. What lesson is there in it for us? Be careful whom you listen to. Who has the voice you are going to trust? Is that the voice of your father or mother, or is it the voice of your dear wife or husband, or is it the voice of your heavenly Father? The most precious human being near Adam was his wife. God teaches us here that the most precious human being near us can be our greatest enemy. This is an integral part of God’s curse on this earth. The Apostle Paul stated this in the strongest terms when he said in Gal 1:8,

Galatians 1:8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Whose voice are we going to trust? Our heavenly Father has the same voice as our Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus Christ. We must make sure where we stand. If we do not like, or do not believe certain verses from the Bible, then we have been warned that we call God a liar in those verses. But that brings with it that we are not saved. Someone who is saved believes on the Name of Jesus Christ, and His Name is “the Word of God”, from Gen 1:1 to Rev 22:21. It brings us great sorrow when we see or hear of people who refuse to give God all the honor and all the glory,  or  when we see or hear

of people who drag their children with them into Hell, because they take delight in a false gospel.

God said, “In sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life”. Very few of us are independent farmers who actually and literally eat from the fruit of the ground. But any of us who have a job in this industrialized world are included in this eating from the fruit of the ground. For those of us who love the Lord, our job is just a means to provide income, to lubricate the machinery of our body. We toil in these jobs all the days of our life with no real profit to ourselves, only to fatten the wallets of those who own the business. We are being paid, but we have a day-to-day obligation that we have to fill. Practically we are slaves of the 21st century slave owners. And when we die, our labor is forgotten.

Therefore, although the entire passage of Gen 3:15-19 brims with curses, these curses are not addressed to the entire human race; they are addressed to the Elect of God, the Bride of Christ, the Body of Believers. They are the ones who experience these great sorrows. Therefore if Gen 3:17-19 breathes an atmosphere of death, we understand that this speaks about the physical death of the Saints. But God says in Psalm 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints”. Please turn in your Bibles to Psalm 90:1 (2X). A fitting commentary on Gen 3:17-19 would be one where God addresses the death of His Elect. That is why we turn now to Psalm 90, which is a Psalm of Moses, who was struck by the murmurings of the Israelites in the wilderness. They returned God’s favor with murmurings and unbelief. But Adam and Eve did not do much better. They returned God’s favor with rebellion by lending their ear to an enemy of God. And they decided to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil for the reason that they wanted to be like gods. Look at the words:

Psalm 90:1-3 ¶ <<A Prayer of Moses the man of God.>> Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.       Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Thou turnest man to destruction.

Does it not seem strange if God says that He is our dwelling place in all generations? Is God the dwelling place of every human being on this earth? No! That is a lie from Satan. God is not the dwelling place of Judas Iscariot. Right away you can see that God speaks about a certain number of the human race, for whom He is their dwelling place. That certain number of people God calls “His Elect”; they are His chosen people. God is not speaking about everyone in the nation of Israel, because most of them died in unbelief, which means that they died unsaved. God says here in verses 1 and 2 that He is the dwelling place for His Elect people. Before this universe came into being, there was God, already existing from infinite past. God selected a people for Himself, and God worked out all the details how He was going to do it; every minute detail, so that nothing is left outside His control. God promised to Himself that He would save every one of His Elect. This is the Covenant of God. God worked this all out in His mind. This is the counsel of God. Then God put His entire plan in operation. He created this universe, and us, for His own glory. This is the Providence of God. And think of it: We may call this God our dwelling place. This great God has stooped down to us, to be our dwelling place. And God promised that He will take up residence in our souls so that we become His dwelling place. What an incredible honor He has bestowed upon us! And where do we find all this information? We find it in the Bible, which is God’s Message to His people. This great God, the almighty and sovereign God, created us all for one purpose: that we should give glory and honor to Him and to Him alone, the God of the Bible. Can you see in these two verses the unchangeable nature and attributes of God: He is the Savior and the Preserver of His people, and He is a dwelling place: a place of refuge for His people, as He promised to be, before the world began.

Paraphrased, God said to Adam in Gen 3:17, “Because thou hast eaten from the Tree, cursed is the ground, for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it, and limited shall be the days of thy life on this earth”. Did Adam come under the curse of God because Adam was a condemned to go to Hell? Absolutely NOT! In Gen 3:21 we see that God saved Adam and his wife. This reflects God’s overall plan for this universe. “The Lord maketh poor and then He maketh rich, He bringeth low, and then He lifteth up”. (I Sam 2:7). This is very similar to what God says in Psalm 90:3,

Psalm 90:3  Thou turnest man to destruction (lit: “to dust”); and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

First God brings us down. To our sorrow we discover that our life on this earth will not continue. One day our body will die and turn to dust. Then follows Judgment Day when we will be held accountable for our sins. Therefore the call to repent goes out to the entire human race, and God says: “Return, ye children of men”. But who will repent from their sins? Nobody will repent of his or her own accord, because we are too proud to admit that we need to be saved from our sins. Therefore by God’s grace He will have mercy on His Elect, and will lift us up out of our low estate, “to set us among princes and to make us inherit the throne of glory”. Who are those whom God lifts up, to set among princes? They are the same ones whom God chose to be His dwelling place in verse1 of this Psalm. What a glorious honor for those who discover that they have the faith to believe all that God has written in the Bible. Put a sticker here in Psalm 90, and please turn again to Gen 3:18. We will go back and forth between Psalm 90 and Gen 3. In Gen 3:18 God speaks about:

#2.       Thorns Also and Thistles (Gen 3:18, Hos 10:1,8)

Now we know that God meant more than just “thorns and thistles”. If we were in the farming business we might find “thorns and thistles” a minor nuisance. This is to be a curse on Adam and upon all who are among the Elect of God. How are thorns and thistles to be a curse to us? We read:

Gen 3:18  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

The Hebrew word translated “thorns” appears 12 times in the Bible. Of these 12 times, ten times the thorns are representing people, who are described as the sons of rebellion, or those who will be burned in the fire, or those who shall grow like thorns on their altars, and so on. So we see that this particular Hebrew word is most often used to typify evil people who are bringing false gospels. This is hard to believe, but when we search the Concordance we find that there are many Hebrew words used for “thorns”. But this particular Hebrew word typifies evil people, bringing false gospels. That is why this is a particular curse for the Elect of God. The Reprobate are not hindered by them at all.

Can we say the same thing for the thistles? The Hebrew word translated “thistle” appears only two times in the Bible: here in Gen 3:18 and in Hos 10:8. Please turn to this interesting verse in Hosea, chapter 10:8 (2X). You find Hosea at the end of the Major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and then follows Hosea. In this chapter 10 of Hosea God speaks about the sins of Israel in bringing forth idolatrous worship. God says in Hos 10:1, “Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images”. And then God said in verse 8,

Hosea 10:8 The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.

In other words: The high places, which are the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed. The words “thorn and thistle” are the same words that appear in Gen 3:18. The altar is a place of worship. The thorns and thistles are typifying people who are bringing false gospels. On the Last Day these people, who bring false gospels, shall say to the mountains, “Cover us”; and to the hills, “Fall on us”.

Let us now turn back to Gen 3:18. When God said to Adam: “Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee!(2X), God was referring to the curse of people bringing false gospels into the church of God. The thorns and thistles are for thee! They are not there for the animals, but for thee! The Reprobate are not hindered by these false gospels, because they are not interested in worshipping God at all, or they are the ones who do bring these false gospels. For example, when people speak about our free will to choose between good and bad, or they speak about our free will to choose for or against Christ, or they speak about our free will to choose to believe or not to believe, or they speak about our freedom to explain the Bible as it applies to us, and so on, and so on, these are all thorns and thistles to the true Believer. We want nothing to do with those people because they call themselves Christians, but they are bearing the Name of the Lord in vain. Therefore, when God said to Adam in Gen 3:18, “Thou shalt eat the herb of the field”, this implies that among the herb of the field are the thorns and thistles, which are nagging us to no end. This is the curse of Gen 3:18. Let us again turn to Psalm 90, and see how this curse of Gen 3:18 manifests itself. We find in Ps 90:

Psalm 90:5-7  Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.         In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.           For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.

In other words, God says: Don’t tell me that did not warned you!  Return to Me! Turn around!  Repent!

You don’t have much time!  Our time is goes fast. But who will heed the warning? People are not concerned. They do not believe what God has said. In Psalm 90:5-9 God gives a description of such people stubborn in their sins. Yes ! This is man’s condition after Adam’s sin. They rather believe a lie than believe the Bible. Who are those whom “God carries away as with a flood”? These are the “thorns and thistles” of Gen 3:18, people who bring false gospels into the church. These are the ones whom God leaves in their sins as mentioned in Psalm 90:3. Would a loving God do such a terrible thing? Absolutely yes! God is not infinitely longsuffering with the Reprobate. God was not infinitely longsuffering with the people in the days of Noah. God was not infinitely longsuffering with Sodom and Gomorrah in the days of Lot. And God will not be infinitely longsuffering with the people of our days. God says in Rom 1:24,26,28, “Wherefore God gave them up to uncleanness”, and “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections”, and “God gave them over to a reprobate mind”. The curse on Adam in Gen 3:18 dictates that we shall find such people around us, and even in church.

For we are consumed by Thine anger, and by Thy wrath are we troubled”. God’s anger with the human race is not caused by their ignorance, but by their unwillingness to bow down and worship the only God there is. God’s anger with the human race is because of the actions of the “thorns and thistles” who are spreading their own brand of idolatry. God’s anger with the human race is with the Reprobate whom “God carries away as with a flood”. And how are we troubled by His wrath? We know that the wrath of God is to suffer for an eternity in Hell. We know that, but it is not a sufficient deterrent to sin, because if our hearts are not changed then no penalty whatsoever can hold us back from more sin. We will simply find another excuse and continue in sin. That is the deceitfulness of the human heart. “The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” (Jer 17:9).

Therefore, God says in Psalm 90:8-9,

Psalm 90:8  Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.

Psalm 90:9  For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale (that is told).

Our secret sins are no longer secret in the sight of God. He knows all about us. We spend our years as a tale could be better translated a rumbling sound, or as a murmuring sound. Could it be that God would still love us even after He knows how sinful we are? Before we answer this question, let us first go again to Gen 3:19 (2X), and there we read:

#3.       Thou Shalt Eat Bread (Gen 3:19, John 6:35,51)

Genesis 3:19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Is it not peculiar that God spoke about eating bread? This is really the verb “to eat” and this is really the word “bread”. What is involved in making bread? Adam and Eve knew only the insides of the Garden of Eden. They knew nothing about fertilizing a field, and plowing a field, plowing tools first had to be invented, and sowing the field, and irrigating the field, and waiting a specific length of time for the grain to ripen, and harvesting with certain harvesting tools, which still had to be invented, and tools had to be invented to separate the grain from the chaff, and tools had to be invented to grind the grain to flour, and recipes for making bread, and putting the dough in an oven means that an oven first had to be invented, and fire had to be invented, and metal oven tools to handle the bread first had to be invented. All these things are involved in physically making bread. What has this to do with the curse on Adam, and what has this to do with the Gospel? The answer is: Nothing! Absolutely nothing! Is it possible that the words “In the sweat of thy face” have been mistranslated?

The word “sweat” comes from a Hebrew word that does not occur anywhere in the Bible. So, that is no help, but that should be no hindrance either to translate it differently. The word “face” is a translation of a Hebrew word with a Strong’s Concordance number # 639. This word has been translated “anger” 171 times, “wrath” 42 times, and “face22 times (say it 2X). Why is it here translated “face”? When we check all the other 21 occurrences where this Hebrew word has been translated “face”, we see that these always refer to bowing down and worship God with the face to the ground. The only exception is in Ezek 38:18 where it refers to the face of God Himself, who bows down to no one. Besides, God does not have a face. Therefore I conclude that the word “sweat” has probably been mistranslated, and that the first part of Gen 3:19 “in the sweat of thy face” probably has something to do with “bowing down and worship God with the face to the ground”. And while we are  bowed down with the face to the ground, we shall eat bread. Does this ring a bell? Did the Lord Jesus not say in John chapter 6 that He is the Bread of Life, and that we must eat of Him? In John 6:35 we r

John 6:35  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

And then Jesus said in John 6:51,

John 6:51  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

This “eating of the Bread of Life” is done when we read and study the Bible, the Word of God, because Christ is the Word of God. Therefore, this command “to bow down with face to the ground and eat the Bread of Life” is not addressed to everyone in the world, but only to those who are called by God since they belong to the Elect of God. But what is the curse? The curse is that we are required to do this continuously, which means all the time “till thou return to the ground”. But we cannot do that. We need to eat, and sleep, and work, and we give God our leftover time. Is God satisfied with some leftover time? Absolutely not! This makes God very angry. The best we can do is give God our prime time, which means that we must be in prayer and in Bible study every morning, and afternoon, and evening. We must live our life as if God would take us home tomorrow. Is that really how we live? Is this what we teach our children? But this is truly the command “to bow down with our face to the ground, and worship Him: Christ the Lord of our time. Do we delight in Him?

Let us return to Psalm 90:10 (2X). And there we find the prayer:

If these curses from Gen 3:17,18 and 19 apply to us, if we find that our souls are burdened with these sorrows of living on a sin-cursed earth, and not being able to fend off the attacks of those who are the thorns and thistles of this world, and of not being able to listen to God’s Word 24 hours a day, then we know that our life is filled with sin. Then we know that there is nothing that we can boast of.

Psalm 90:10  The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

Our time on this earth is limited. And then what ?  Who is concerned about the life hereafter? But God says: Our life on this earth is soon cut off, and we fly away. Even if we attain to the ripe old age of 80 years, yet there is nothing we can boast of but much labor and sorrow. Where do we go when we die? The Bible says that we shall live forever in one of two places. Either we spend eternity with God because we have listened to Him and He is our dwelling place, or we spend eternity in Hell with Satan because we have listened to him all our life. O Lord, please do not be fair, but be merciful w.me

Psalm 90:11  Who knoweth the power of thine anger? Even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.

WHO is willing to consider that the wrath of God on sin, on any sin, means suffering for an eternity in Hell? WHO wants to preach about Hell these days? But the Bible says that Hell is going to be heavily populated. In spite of all the signs of God’s impending judgment, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados and death of a relative, which are just signs, who is there that fears God? The Bible says: “There is NONE that seeketh after God, There is NONE that doeth good, NO, NOT ONE.” That refers to all mankind. And all mankind is that way because the Bible teaches that we all, spiritually, are born dead in trespasses and sins. NO ONE makes a move toward God because we are born spiritually dead, because of Adam’s sin. But the Bible also teaches that we have a merciful God. In spite of our sinfulness, our God has mercy on whom He chose to have mercy. But how can we know if God has had mercy on us ? The answer is: When we see in ourselves the sign that we do want to get right with God by listening to the Bible, then we should know and understand that it is a gift of God if we do apply our hearts unto wisdom. And so, the prayer of someone who has been touched by God’s grace, is a prayer for grace; a prayer that God would save us, by His grace:

Psalm 90:12 ¶ So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

This prayer is a prayer for grace, a prayer for mercy ! It is God Himself who must teach us to number our days. Verse 12 begins with So, or Therefore, teach us to number our days. This is how God begins to draw us. He makes us see that our life is short. He makes us see the sinfulness of our own heart. He makes us see that we need a change of heart. He makes us see that we cannot ourselves satisfy God by making any payment for our past sins. We cannot clean up our life and then come to God.  God does not accept any such patchwork done by ourselves. And when we apply our hearts unto wisdom, we will cry out to God for mercy, because only by the mercy of God can we be saved from sliding into Hell. Please God make us wise. Make us wise unto salvation. And the second half of verse 12 says literally:  that we may bring a heart of wisdom. How can we bring a heart of wisdom if we don’t have it in the first place ? The only way is if God gives it to us as a free gift.

Psalm 90:13  Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.

Psalm 90:14  O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Psalm 90:15  Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.

Psalm 90:16  Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.

Psalm 90:17  And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

If I would summarize these last three sermons with you, I would summarize them this way. In a nutshell, the language God uses in Gen 3:15 sets the tone for the four verses that follow. The Woman in Gen 3:15 is the Body of Believers. Thus, the promise of salvation in Gen 3:15 is only promised to the Elect of God, through the substitutionary Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore the sorrows promised to the Woman in Gen 3:16 are sorrows exclusively for the Body of Believers, the Elect of God. Likewise, the curses on Adam and on the earth must be understood within this spiritual framework. The ground was cursed for his sake, for his benefit. His sorrows do not only come from the cursed ground like earthquakes and diseases, but also from the thorns and thistles, which represent people who will try to lure us into other gospels and to other gods. We must at all times bow down with our face to the ground to eat our daily bread from the Word of God. This we must do until we have died and are buried in the ground, not cremated, but buried in the ground. It is in this way that Almighty God could be both just and merciful at the same time. And God Almighty will send His Son, the Messiah, to make Atonement for our sins, and to finish the promise of Gen 3:15. So, in this manner, God will be our dwelling place, and we will be His people. This is how great His mercies are.

Lam 3:21-23 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Then we would sing with the saints of the past 80 years these words derived from Lam 3:21-23,

·        Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father, there is no shadow of turning with Thee;

Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not; as Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

·         Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, sun, moon and stars in their courses above

Join with all nature in manifold witness to Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

·        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 ten thousand beside.

And then the refrain:

·         Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed Thy hand hath provided, great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

            Amen.             Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.