In our worship gathering this morning, we’ll sing the popular hymn “Blessed Assurance.”
In 1873, Phoebe Knapp played a tune on the piano in her sitting room and asked her friend what she thought of it. The friend, Frances J. Crosby, responded, “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine.”
Fanny Crosby, the writer of an estimated 8,000 gospel-song texts, began writing hymn texts in the early 1850’s and continued until her death in 1915. Although she was blind from infancy, she lived an active life and was a member of St. John’s Methodist Episcopal Church in New York City.
Gospel-song texts were simple and were mostly used in evangelistic services. They were emotional songs and would often repeat a phrase over and over. The aim was to tell the story “simply, as to a child.”
“Blessed Assurance” falls into the gospel-song category because of its simplicity. It speaks of our assurance of salvation in Christ, our submission to his will, and the longing for his coming again.
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
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;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
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.