Sunday, January 12, 2014

Hymn-ful Sundays! "Blessed assurance"

I love hymns, probably because I grew up in the Methodist church, where we sing a lot of hymns. My plan is to share with you one hymn every Sunday this year. Some of them will be pretty well-known, others more obscure.

This week's hymn is a very well known one by Fanny Crosby!

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.
-Fanny Crosby

Aren't these words wonderful? Fanny Crosby also speaks of knowing Jesus as a foretaste of God's glory. The line about visions of rapture is particularly powerful, since she was blind since she was a very young child. Yet, in her Savior, she was able to see! 

My favorite lines in this hymn are the last line of each verse: "Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood", "Echoes of mercy, whispers of love", and "Filled with his goodness, lost in His love". They are such a great summary of the abundance, power and sweetness of God's love!

Be blessed and shine, lost in His love!

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A person finds joy in giving an apt reply—
and how good is a timely word! -Prov 15:23