Hot Off the Pres! | Volume 11

Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine

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. [Refrain]

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]

"Blessed Assurance" is a well-known Christian hymn. The lyrics were written in 1873 by blind hymn writer Fanny Crosby to the music written that same year by Phoebe Knapp.

History - Crosby was visiting her friend Phoebe Knapp as the Knapp home was having a large pipe organ installed. The organ was incomplete, so Mrs. Knapp, using the piano, played a new melody she had just composed. When Knapp asked Crosby, "What do you think the tune says?", Crosby replied, "Blessed assurance; Jesus is mine."

The hymn appeared in the July 1873 issue of Palmer's Guide to Holiness and Revival Miscellany, a magazine printed by Dr. and Mrs. W. C. Palmer of 14 Bible House, New York City. It appeared on page 36 (the last page) with complete text and piano score, and indicated it had been copyrighted by Crosby that year. It is not certain that this was the first printing of the hymn, but it certainly helped to popularize what became one of the most beloved hymns of all time.

The popular song reflects Crosby's walk of faith, as expressed by the apostle Paul in Philippians 1:21, "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain" (ESV).

Because of Crosby's lyrics, the tune is now called "Blessed Assurance."

As with most hymns, there are many versions available
for your listening pleasure. I've included four to share
with you. Just click on their name.

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Family group from the Ozark Mountains

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Heavenly Father,
We come before you today for mercy and peace in our hearts, minds, and souls. The enemy is bringing darkness and anxiety upon us.
Help us recognize your presence with us and in us.

Help us to have that blessed assurance that nothing we are enduring
is beyond your healing power. Help us to know that Your Love
is greater than our thoughts and feelings.

Thank you Father for giving us the faith to know that we can do
all things through Christ who is our strength. Send us your Holy Spirit that we may rest in the assurance of your love for us.

Thank you Lord for sending us your Peace.
We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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