Blessed Assurance

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This hymn was composed in 1873. Phoebe Knapp was a close friend of Fanny Crosby. Phoebe lived in a luxurious mansion, whilst Fanny lived in the Manhattan slums and worked in rescue missions. Fanny was a frequent visitor to Phoebe.

One day in 1873, Phoebe played a tune on the piano whilst Fanny listened. In Fanny’s own words, “My friend, Mrs. Joseph F. Knapp, composed a melody and played it over to me two or three times on the piano. She then asked what it said. I replied, ‘Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!'”.

Notice the many references to sight in this hymn, even though Fanny was blind. Fanny may have been physically blind, but she had spiritual eyes that were constantly fixed on the Saviour. Amen!

Lyrics: Fanny J. Crosby
Music: Phoebe P. Knapp

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;
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.

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7 Responses to “Blessed Assurance”

  1. S Z Isaiah Daniel says:

    I too have a desire of such a beautiful eyes that always constantly fixed on the Beloved Saviour like Frances Jane Crosby’s

  2. To think that her husband was also blind is amazing, wow, MAY THE NAME OF GOD BE PRAISED.

    LET US CONTINUE TO PRAISE HIM. SHE IS REALLY A SAINT. AND I RECOMMEND HER TO ALL.

    SURELY ALL WHO SING HER HYMNS SEE GOD HIMSELF IN CHRIST. AND MAY THEY GIVE THANKS TO GOD ON HER BEHALF.

  3. Helton Achaye says:

    I thank both F. J. Crosby and Pheobe P. Knapp for the wonderful piece of art that is spirit filled.

    It happened to me in 2005. Not that that was when I knew about the song. That was when I was about to wed Sarah with whom I have been married since then. For a day or so I was blank as I searched my mind for the Groom’s procession song. Then as I woke up one morning, there it was, Blessed Assurance! It is such an inspiration to me and it is my ring tone. God bless their lineage.

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  4. Her life story has give me an internal strength to go on courageousely and happily praising the Lord with thanksgiving. What a great lady she was . It is really difficult to be thankfull to God even for your hard times, but she dd it. Great………..

  5. Honkis says:

    Wonderful job Friends to share this song

  6. My search for information about the composer of Blessed Assurance as one of the attachments to my sermon landed me to Fanny Crosby and Phoebe Knapp to whom I am thankful for this hymn.I believe that one can only see this assurance with spiritual eyes.What an encouraging hymn.Glory be to God.

  7. Jessica says:

    I just finished reading today’s scripture and thought I should end it with a song. Blessed Assurance was the one that came to my mind.

    We should always give thanks and be grateful to the Almighty.

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