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Great is Thy Faithfulness

Have Thine Own Way

In the Garden

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Great is Thy Faithfulness

 Song Story

This inspiring praise hymn, one of the most popular of all time, remains a tribute,  not only the faithfulness and provision of God, but God’s extraordinary use of the most ordinary people.  Thomas Chisholm was an insurance salesman, and an unhealthy one at that.  When he was seventy-five he wrote, “My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now.  Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.”


He spent his life selling life insurance and submitting poetry to Christian magazines.  Some were rejected, some accepted and none ever gave him much money.  Yet this humble artist eventually penned some of the greatest lyrics in hymn history and his song, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”, is certain to be sung by congregations throughout the world for decades upon decades to come.  Indeed, God is faithful!


I was indeed moved by this marvelous story as I set out to make an instrumental arrangement of this great hymn.  Indeed, I can identify with Chisholm.  While my  health has been very good, as an unsigned musician I well understand the dilemma of rejection-after-rejection of our music among the elite of the industry.  In fact, after Selah produced our first album, “Stop and Think About It,” we sent it out to nearly a hundred record companies.  Not one of them even took the time to listen to it!


Yet God has clearly demonstrated His faithfulness by creating a new medium through which music can be distributed throughout the world.  And, thus, through the Internet ministry of Wigtune Company, our music is now being sung in countless churches throughout the world.  One never knows just how God will act on our behalf.  But we do know that He is ever faithful to us.  This wondrous fact gives us ample reason to praise Him, though circumstances may go against us.


In this piece a lone cello introduces the song as if to depict the loneliness we feel so many times in the midst of a world that seems to ignore us.  Yet soon Chisholm’s wonderful message of hope in God is delicately played on guitars, soon to be joined by the Steinway piano.  It is not long until that once lonely cello is enveloped by a host of instruments, while declaring the joyous phrase, “Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.”


We pray that you are encouraged in hope of the provision of God as you enjoy this marvelous song!

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Have Thine Own Way

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Have Thine own way, Lord!  Have Thine own Way!

Thou art the potter; I am the clay.

Mold me and make me after Thy will,

While I am waiting, yielded and still.


Have Thine own way, Lord!  Have Thine own Way!

Search me and try me, Mater today!

Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,

As in Thy presence humbly I bow.


Have Thine own way, Lord!  Have Thine own Way!

Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!

Power, all power, surely is Thine!

Touch me and heal me, Savior divine!


Have Thine own way, Lord!  Have Thine own Way!

Hold o’er my being absolute sway!

Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see

Christ only, always, living in me!


Arrangement Copyright © 2000 Don Wigton


Adelaide Pollard, was forty when she  unsuccessfully attempted to raise money in her desire to go into the mission field.  She attended a prayer meeting where an older woman prayed, “Lord, it doesn’t matter what you bring into our lives, just have your way with us.”  Later that evening the inspired Adelaide wrote this famous hymn.  The smooth acoustic guitar followed with hot harmonies by Vanessa Dave and Laurie  encourage us to let God have His way in our lives.

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Song Story

Adelaide Pollard was forty when she was trying unsuccessfully to raise support to go to Africa as a missionary.  She desperately asked God why she had such a burden for the needs of that continent when He did not provide her with the means to go.  It was during this time of discouragement that Adelaide attended a small prayer meeting where a woman prayed, “Lord, it doesn’t matter what you bring into our lives, just have Your way with us.”


That night she went home and read the story of Jeremiah’s visit to the potter’s house.  Later that evening she wrote this hymn.  “Perhaps,” she reasoned, “my questioning of God’s will shows a flaw in my life.  So God decided to break me, as the potter broke the defective vessel, and then to mold my life again in His own pattern.”


It was during a very difficult time that this song began to make an impact in my life.  At the time I was going through a considerable amount of tough life changes that I did not invite and neither did I want!  However, they were sitting right there in front of me declaring that they were inescapable.


The problem was not in regards to whether-or-not they would happen.  It was inevitable that my life was going to change dramatically.  The question became:  would I keep my heart with God?  It was beginning to appear to me that when I placing my life in God’s hands may have been a mistake.  To the best of my ability I had dedicated my life to the service of Him apparently to be rewarded with the terrible mess that I now found myself in.


One morning in church the praise team played this song with slow, picking acoustic guitars and nice harmonies.  At first I was intrigued with the music, but as the words came forth I was convinced that I must allow god to have His way in my life.  I had to trust Him for the future, knowing that my destiny was in good hands.


A little later I got by myself to pick out the chords for myself and I came up with this arrangement.  It has been put together in a way that recreates that moment when I was so moved by the praise hymn.  It starts off with light picking acoustic guitars as the vocals by Vanessa, Dave and Laurie subtly enter.  Instruments such as bass B3 and light drums gradually enter in to create fill out the song as it progresses.  I am sure that it will move you as it once did me.

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In the Garden

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I come to the garden alone,

While the dew is still on the roses;

And the voice I hear, falling on my ear,

The Son of God discloses.


And He walks with me, and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own,

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known.


He speaks, and the sound of His voice

Is so sweet the birds hush their singing;

And the melody that He gave to me

Within my heart is ringing.


And He walks with me, and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own,

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known.


I’d stay in the garden with Him

Tho’ the night around me be falling;

But He bids me go thru the voice of woe,

His voice to me is calling.


And He walks with me, and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own,

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known.


Arrangement Copyright © 1999 Don Wigton


Alone with God. . .who is ever present. . .calling me His own. . .sharing in joy. . .with our living God.

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Song Story

Charles Miles attended the Philadelphia Col­lege of Phar­ma­cy and the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­van­ia. In 1892, he wrote his first Gos­pel song, “List ’Tis Jesus’ Voice”.  It was published by the Hall-Mack Company and Miles aban­doned his ca­reer as a phar­ma­cist. Since that time he served as ed­i­tor and man­a­ger at the Hall-Mack pub­lish­ers for 37 years while producing this favorite hymn “In the Garden.”. In regards to this ministry he wrote: “It is as a writer of gospel songs I am proud to be known, for in that way I may be of the most use to my Master, whom I serve willingly although not as efficiently as is my desire.”

I read…the story of the greatest morn in history: “The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, while it was yet very dark, unto the sepulcher.” Instantly, completely, there unfolded in my mind the scenes of the garden of Joseph….Out of the mists of the garden comes a form, halting, hesitating, tearful, seeking, turning from side to side in bewildering amazement. Falteringly, bearing grief in every accent, with tear-dimmed eyes, she whispers, “If thou hast borne him hence”… “He speaks, and the sound of His voice is so sweet the birds hush their singing.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” Just one word from his lips, and forgotten the heartaches, the long dreary hours….all the past blotted out in the presence of the Living Present and the Eternal Future.

This song was one of the favorites of a dear Baptist pastor who I served under for many years - Dr. John Lavendar.  This experience was during a awkward period of my life.  I came to this 100-year-old church from a Calvary Chapel background.  I had little appreciation for hymns, nor did I have any interest at the time in any of the hymns that he held so dear to his heart.


There were many disputes between the two of us regarding the importance of hymns.  I was pretty stubborn then and could only see value in the contemporary music that I had grown up with.  Through the years, though, my heart slowly melted as the great hymns of the past pressed themselves into my obstinate life.  By the time this great pastor retired, I had learned many lessons and I owe much of my ministry today to the wisdom of this faithful shepherd who was patient enough with me to help me through my prejudices.


Therefore, I dedicate the release of this hymn instrumental to “Dr. John”, a beloved man who helped shape my future in a way that I would have never expected. 


He loved the way I would delicately play the piano as I praised the Lord every Sunday morning, so I utilized dreamy sounds of pianos (both acoustic and electric) along with soothing guitars and strings to create a moving rendition of this wonderful piece of music.  We pray that this song will remind you that God is always near.

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The Christian hymn lyric and hymn story material offered on this page is only a portion of our ministry resources.  Click on some of the links below to acess more! is a subsidiary of Wigtune Company, formed as a service to the body of Christ.   Our vision is to encourage scriptural worship in the Church by offering free praise music and hymns performed in a contemporary manner along with a free on-line worship study book for personal devotions, Bible study groups, Sunday schools, pastors, music ministers and ministry training.  The worship study book  lends theological and historical support to the use of traditional Christian hymn-singing in conjunction with praise chorus singing. Click on one of the links below to enter into the Wigtune resource that interests you !

We believe that the current contention among Christian generations over church music is unnesessary.  One does not have to chose between the classic traditional hymns such as In the Garden, Have Thine Own Way, Great is Thy Faithfulness and the contemporary praise chorus and song.  Solomon declared that there is a place for everything under the sun. The worship musical material and the worship Bible study book offered at the Wigtune website support this theme.Vision Statement    Going to this page will inform the WEB surfer the circumstances that lead to the Wigtune offering of praise song and hymn along with the worship Bible study book that lends theology and history based support to the use of traditional Christian hymn singing  of In the Garden, Great is Thy Faithfulness, Have Thine Own Way Lord in conjunction with praise chorus singing.  Wigtune Story    The free on-line worship Bible study book is a manual for the use of the pastor, teacher, music minister, Bible study group, sunday school and any situation where a theological and historical lesson regarding worship is desired.  The Bible study is presented in outline form with questions that require thoughtful answers to the biblical and history based information that is presented.  Free On-Line Worship Studybook   

Free mp3 praise music  including Be Thou My Vision, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.  Free Praise Music and Charts  

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