Monday, October 29, 2012

Blessed Assurance


SONG WRITER: Fanny Crosby                        

MUSIC BY: Phoebe Knapp

HYMN HISTORYNot much is known of the background of this Fanny Crosby hymn, "Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine."  Fanny tells this one story about the hymn.  Mrs. Joseph Fairchild Knapp, wife of the organizer of the Metropolitan Life Insurance company, went to visit her and get an opinion of a tune Mrs. Knapp had written.  "What does it say to you, Fanny?" she asked.  Fanny's answer was "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine."  And then a few minutes later she handed to Mrs. Knapp the completed lyrics of the hymn.  The tune and the lyrics were put together and are still sung today.
Fanny Crosby wrote over 8000 hymns.  She said about her blindness, "The first face ever to gladden my sight will be when I get to heaven and behold the face of the One who died for me. . . .  I verily believe that God intended that I should live my days in physical darkness so that I might be better prepared to sing His praise and lead others from spiritual darkness into eternal light.  With sight I would have been too distracted to have written thousands of hymns."

BIBLE VERSE:      Hebrews 10:22 – “let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”

HYMN LYRICS:
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God.
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angles descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

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