“Great is Thy Faithfulness” charts #1 on iTunes. Really.
Last night I was watching NBC’s The Voice and a startling thing happened. Outside the studio, the world was grieving the terrorist attacks in Paris. Media outlets were broadcasting new threats from ISIS to our nation’s capital. The world was hurting. In the midst of this chaos, Jordan Smith sat at a piano on a darkened stage. With no other accompaniment, he sang the old hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” There was no light show to go with it. There was no fancy production. Just a kid from Kentucky on the largest stage of his life pointing the world back to the one thing that never changes – the faithfulness of God.
The song struck a chord with everyone who watched it. Within hours, the song was #1 on iTunes top 100 chart. That’s right, Smith’s version of “Great is Thy Faithfulness” charted higher than Adele, Justin Bieber, Drake, and everyone else.
I find it interesting how God takes the things in this world that seem least likely to have an impact, and then uses them for the glory of God. Jordan is not your typical looking recording artist. But he has been clear on his faith and his roots in his small church in the hills of Kentucky. It seems to me that God had him in this place, at this time, to remind all of us that in our need, our help comes from the Lord.
In this time of trial, as the world searches for answers, how will God use you to point the way back to him?