Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!Author: Fanny Crosby
Tune: [Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine]
Songs of Response
Published in 877 hymnals
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1 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.
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.
2 Perfect submission, perfect delight,
visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
angels descending bring from above
echoes of mercy, whispers of love. [Refrain]
3 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]
Source: Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #363
|First Line:||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!|
|Meter:||188.8.131.52 with refrain|
|Refrain First Line:||This is my story, this is my song|
|Liturgical Use:||Songs of Response|
all st. = 1 Pet. 1:8, 1 John 3:1-3
This text and 'To God Be the Glory" (473) are probably the best known texts by Fanny J. Crosby (PHH 473). She said the following about her writing of the text:
Sometimes a tune is furnished me for which to write the words. The hymn titled "Blessed Assurance" was made in this manner. My dear friend Phoebe Palmer Knapp (Mrs. Joseph), so well-known as a writer and singer of most excellent music and as an aid and inspiration to all who knew her, had composed the tune; and it seemed to me one of the sweetest I had heard for a long time. She asked me what it said. I replied, "Blessed assurance." I felt while bringing the words and tones together that the air and the hymn were intended for each other
-from Fanny Crosby's Memories
Crosby's text and Knapp's tune were published in John R. Sweney's Gems of Praise in 1873. The hymn was also published in both the American and British editions of the Ira D. Sankey (PHH 73) hymnals and was more recently featured in Billy Graham Crusades. It is an immensely popular hymn in English-speaking Christendom. The Psalter Hymnal includes the original stanzas 1 and 3, but stanza 2 by Marie J. Post (PHH 5) is substituted for Crosby's "rapture" stanza.
Blessed Assurance" is a typical gospel hymn of the late nineteenth century. It is simple, truly evangelical in spirit, and has an emotional appeal that comes from its rousing tune and from the personal experience described in the text. It is a fine testimonial hymn of praise to Christ for his work of redemption (st. 1), for the Spirit's work of sanctification (st. 2), and for the joy of serving Jesus (st. 3).
Many occasions in worship and in daily life.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988
Ira Sankey, good friend of hymn author Fanny Crosby, once related this story about the comfort “Blessed Assurance” provides:
“’During the recent war in the Transvaal,’ said a gentleman at my meeting in Exeter Hall, London, in 1900, ‘when the soldiers going to the front were passing another company whom they recognized, their greetings used to be, “Four-nine-four, boys; four-nine-four;” and the salute would invariably be answered with “Six further on, boys; six further on.” The significance of this was that, in ‘Sacred Songs and Solos,’ a number of copies of the small edition of which had been sent to the front, number 494 was ‘God be with you till we meet again’; and six further on than 494, or number 500, was ‘Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine’” (My Life and Sacred Songs, 69).
From the very day she wrote them, Crosby’s words have provided comfort for millions of Christians in the face of fear, persecution, sorrow, and doubt. In spite of all the trials that may come, we know that we serve a Savior who came to bring the Kingdom of God on earth, and as we serve Him, we participate in, and belong to, that Kingdom. We each play our own part in that “glorious foretaste” of what is still to come. We belong to Christ and his Kingdom – what an assurance this is!
For a hymn as well loved as this one, there is, oddly enough, some division about the text. Paul Westermeyer writes that “some sing it with fervor, while others are offended by what they perceive as smug and self-assured inwardness” (Let the People Sing, 306). I would argue the text speaks of comfort and hope, not smugness, and is a very fitting hymn in the face of trials.
Second, some traditions have replaced Crosby’s original second verse which reads: “Perfect submission, perfect delight, visions of rapture now burst on my sight; angels descending, bring from above echoes of mercy, whispers of love.”
While the word “rapture” might immediately conjure up images of the end times and dispensationalist thinking, it is unlikely that this is what Crosby meant by the word. Crosby would probably only have heard about dispensationalist thinking after her good friend Dwight Moody did, and he became a proponent of that belief only after Crosby had written the hymn.
It is more likely that Crosby is referring in this verse to her experiences within the Holiness Movement. This offshoot of nineteenth-century Methodism emphasized “Christian perfection,” and a defining characteristic of this tradition was the ultimate conversion experience or the “total submission” of one’s self in an ecstatic encounter with God.
However, there could be a third, very powerful meaning to the verse. Fanny Crosby was blind from a very young age. Thus, the line “visions of rapture now burst on my sight” speaks of things being right with the world. It is a testimony of faith in the New Heaven and New Earth where the deaf would hear and the blind receive sight. This is a stanza that reminds us that God is restoring this world and making all things new, and what a vision of beauty that will be.
The tune for this hymn, aptly entitled ASSURANCE, was actually written before the words. The tune is very simple to sing since if follows the same rhythmic pattern throughout, but be careful to establish the length of held notes after each phrase and keep that consistent throughout the hymn. It’s easy to hold the second dotted quarter in the first line twice as long as you should, and that will drastically alter the rhythm of the rest of the song.
For powerful harmonies, check out The Isaacs’ a cappella rendition. Avalon has a version of the song that’s big and upbeat and great for worship bands. Alan Jackson has a classic country rendition of the hymn.
This hymn can be sung throughout the liturgical year as a hymn of comfort and a declaration of faith in times of trial or struggle. It is a powerful hymn of assurance, or it could be sung as a response to a sermon about God’s providence and salvation of His people. It would also work as a closing hymn to end a service that moves from an acknowledgement of pain and struggle to an assurance of the hope we have in Christ.
Alternative Harmonization for Organ:
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Other music to consider:
Laura de Jong, Hymnary.org
|Instances (1 - 52 of 52)||First Line||Title||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|African American Heritage Hymnal #508||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915||9 10 9 9 with refrain||Hebrews 10:22||2001||Jesus Christ | His Blood; Jesus Christ | His Love and Mercy; Testimony, Witness and Evangelism ||
|Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #511||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance||BLESSED ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915||9 10 9 9 w/refrain||1994||Assurance | ; Devotional | ; Inner Life | ; Joy | ; New Birth | ; Proclamation | ; Refuge | ; Salvation | ; Testimony ||
|Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #601||Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine||BLESSED ASSURANCE||Fanny Crosby, (Frances Jane van Alstyne) (1820-1915)||9 10 9 9 and refrain||Colossians 3:1-2; Hebrews 10:19-22||2013||Angels | ; Assurance | ; Atonement | ; Joy | ; Music and Song | ; Praise | ; Proper 11 | Year A; The Second Sunday of Easter | Year B|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #334||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby||Irregular||Romans 8:37||1991|
|Baptist Hymnal 2008 #446||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby||Irregular meter||2008||Praise, Adoration, Worship, Exaltation of God | ; Surrender, Submission ||
|Blessed Assurance: Hymns of Fanny J. Crosby #8||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance||[Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine]||Fanny J. Crosby||2008|
|Blessed Assurance: Hymns of Fanny J. Crosby #36||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance||[Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!]||Fanny J. Crosby||2008|
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #619||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine||Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby||184.108.40.206 with refrain||2010||The Church on Mission | Testimony; Assurance | ; Praise and Adoration-Jesus Christ | ; Testimony ||
|Chalice Hymnal #543||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby||9 10.99 w. refrain||1995||God's Church | Life of Discipleship: Trust and Assurance; Assurance | ; Comfort | ; Commitment | ; Jesus Christ: Blood | ; Jesus Christ: Savior | ; Praise | ; Rest | ; Trust ||
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #562||Blessed assurance||2000|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #561||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||BLESSED ASSURANCE||Frances (Fanny) Jane Crosby (1820-1915)||99 99 and refrain||1 Corinthians 16:13; Ephesians 3:6; Genesis 28:12; Hebrews 1:14; Hebrews 10:19-22; John 3:5-8; Psalm 28:1; Revelation 1:5; Titus 2:13||2005||Life in Christ | Our Response to Christ - In Discipleship; Adoration | of Jesus; Assurance | ; Salvation and Redemption ||
|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #390||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine||BLESSED ASSURANCE||Fanny Crosby (Frances Jane Van Alstyne), 1820-1915||9 10 9 9 and refrain||1 Corinthians 6:20; Hebrews 1:14; John 1:51; John 3:5-8; Philippians 3:20; Psalm 71:15; Revelation 1:5||2000||Lent II | Year A|
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #75||Blessed assurance||Blessed assurance||2000|
|Complete Mission Praise #59||Blessed assurance||Irr||2000|
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #638||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915||9 10 9 9 and refrain||2006||Adoration | ; Hope, Assurance | ; Holy Communion | ; Praise, Thanksgiving ||
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #839||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!||ASSURANCE||Fanny Jane Crosby||220.127.116.11. with refrain||Genesis 28:12; Psalm 146:2; Isaiah 12:2; Acts 17:31; Acts 20:28; Romans 8:16; 1 Corinthians 7:23; Galatians 4:7; Titus 2:13; Titus 3:5-7; Revelation 1:5-6; Revelation 7:14||2013||Assurance | ; Atonement | ; Living in Christ | ; Praise | ; Trusting in the Promises of God |||Korean trans. The United Methodist Korean Hymnal Committee|
|Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #668||Blessed assurance||Blessed assurance||ASSURANCE||Frances J. van Alstyne||1983|
|Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #359||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915||18.104.22.168 with Refrain||James 5:13||2007||Adoration and Praise | ; Assurance | ; Faithfulness | ; Submission ||
|Hymns of Faith #197||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance||[Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!]||Fanny J. Crosby||Psalm 146:2||1980|
|Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #75||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby||2008|
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #62||Blessed assurance||Irr||1996|
|Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #431||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915||9 10 9 9 with refrain||Genesis 28:12; Psalm 146:2; Romans 8:16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:5; Ephesians 1:14; Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 1:8; 1 John 3:1-3||2012||All Souls | November 2nd; Funeral | Sacraments; Commitment | ; Eternal Life | ; Inner Peace | ; Joy | ; Love for Jesus Christ | ; Mercy, Forgiveness | ; Music | ; Obedience | ; Praise | ; Saving Blood of Christ | ; Song | ; Trust in Jesus Christ | ; Witness | ; Worship and Adoration ||
|Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #184||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance||[Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!]||Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915)||1993||Hymns and Songs | Assurance|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #363||Blessed assurance: Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance: Jesus Is Mine||ASSURANCE||Fanny Crosby||22.214.171.124 refrain 126.96.36.199||Job; Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 1:8; 1 John 3:1-3||2013||Assurance | ; Evangelism | ; Grateful Living | ; Jesus Christ | Blood of; Jesus Christ | Redeemer; Music and Singing | ; Rest | ; Testimony/Witness ||
|Moravian Book of Worship #714||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby||188.8.131.52. with Refrain||Genesis 28:12; John 1:51; Romans 8; Colossians 2:2-3; Titus 2:13-14; 1 Peter 1:3-15; 1 John 3:1-3||1995||Trust and Guidance | ; Assurance | ; Heart--Surrender of ||
|Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #582||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! (En Jesucristo, puerto de paz)||Blessed Assurance (En Jesucristo, Puerto de Paz)||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915; E. A. Monfert Díaz||9 10 9 9 with refrain||Genesis 28:12; Psalm 146:2; Romans 8:16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:5; Ephesians 1:14; Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 1:8; 1 John 3:1-3||2013||Alabanza | ; Praise | ; Alegría | ; Joy | ; Amor Para Dios | ; Love for God | ; Canción | ; Song | ; Comfort | ; Consuelo | ; Commitment | ; Compromiso | ; Confianza | ; Trust | ; Mercy | ; Misericordia | ; Obedience | ; Obbediencia ||
|Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #319||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine||Blessed Assurance||[Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine]||Fanny J. Crosby||1979||Assurance and Trust ||
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #341||Ye su rul nae ga joo ro mee duh (Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!)||Whak Shil Hahn Nah Eh Kahn Jeung||ASSURANCE||Fanny Jane Crosby; Myung Ja Yue||184.108.40.206 with refrain||Romans 6:22||1990||Jesus Christ | Praise|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #490||Blessed assurance: Jesus is mine||Blessed Assurance: Jesus Is Mine||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby; Marie J. Post||9 10 9 9 with refrain||2 Corinthians 5:1; 1 Peter 1:8; 1 John 3:1-3; 1 Peter 1; 2 Corinthians 5; 1 John 3:3||1987||Praise & Adoration | ; Redemption | ; Assurance | ; Walk with God ||
|Rejoice Hymns #381||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915||220.127.116.11. with Refrain||Isaiah 32:17||2011||Assurance and Confidence | ; Confidence | ; Faith | ; Testimony | ; Trust ||
|Rejoice in the Lord #453||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance||BLESSED ASSURANCE||Fanny Crosby||9.10.99 with refrain||1985|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #462||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||ASSURANCE||1985|
|Sing Joyfully #295||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance||[Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!]||Fanny J. Crosby||1989|
|Singing the Faith #548||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine||ASSURANCE||Frances Jane van Alstyne (Fanny Crosby), 1820-1915||99 99 and refrain||2 Corinthians 3:18; Acts 2:36; Acts 2:46-47; Colossians 3:1-2; Hebrews 10:19-22; John 1:51; John 3:5-8; Matthew 25:13; Romans 8:16-17; Song of Solomon 2:16; Revelation 7:14||2011||Praise and Thanksgiving | ; Covenant, Commitment and Dedication ||
|Small Church Music #36||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine||ASSURANCE||Fanny Crosby||18.104.22.168. with refrain|
|Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #143||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine||Blessed Assurance||[Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine]||Fanny J. Crosby||1989||Assurance ||
|The Book of Hymns (A fresh anthology of favourite hymns) #32||Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine||2006|
|The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #572||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby||22.214.171.124. with Refrain||1997||Assurance and Trust ||
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #430||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915||126.96.36.199. with refrain||Isaiah 12:2; Revelation 1:5-6||1996||Assurance in Doubt | ; Confirmation | ; Jesus Christ | Redeemer; Praise to Christ Jesus | ; Witness ||
|The Cyber Hymnal #555||Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine||Blessèd Assurance||ASSURANCE||Frances Jane (Fanny) Crosby|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #345||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby||188.8.131.52 with Refrain||1986||Adoration and Praise | Jesus Our Savior; Assurance | ; Testimony and Praise | ; Trust ||
|The New Century Hymnal #473||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine||Blessed Assurance||ASSURANCE||Fanny Crosby||Irr.||Revelation 7:9-14; Acts 17:30-31||1995||Adoration and Praise | Jesus Christ; Comfort and Assurance | ; Hope | ; Jesus Christ | Savior; Year A | Easter 6; Year B | Proper 16; Year C | Easter 4|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #369||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine||Blessed Assurance||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby||9 10.9 9 with Refrain||1989||Justifying Grace | Assurance; Assurance | ; Jesus Christ | Blood; New Creation | ; Obedience ||
|The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #24||[Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine]||ASSURANCE||1991|
|The Worshiping Church #514||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine||Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby||184.108.40.206.Ref.||Romans 8:16-17; Hebrews 9:25; Titus 2:13; Ephesians 1:14; Psalm 40:3; Psalm 146:2; Mark 13:37||1990|
|Timeless Truths #113||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance||ASSURANCE||Frances J. Crosby||220.127.116.11 R||Hebrews 10:22||Faith Publishing House, <i>Evening Light Songs</i>, 1949, edited 1987 (194); Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Blessed_Assurance); The Gospel Trumpet Company, <i>Select Hymns</i>, 1911 (386)|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #693||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine||Blessed Assurance||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby||18.104.22.168.ref.||Psalm 146:2||1990||The Christian Life | Assurance; Contentment | ; Happiness ||
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #337||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby||Irregular||1996||Jesus Christ | Praise and Thanksgiving; Adoration and Praise | ; Angels | ; Assurance | ; Blessings | ; Choruses and Refrains | ; Comfort/Consolation | ; Commitment | ; Hope | ; Inner Life | ; Jesus Christ | Adoration and Praise; Jesus Christ | Blood; Jesus Christ | Praise; Jesus Christ | Saviour; Music and Singing | ; New Creation | ; Obedience | ; Rest | ; Salvation | ; Vision/Dream | ; Easter 3 | Year A; Proper 6 | Year A; Proper 8 | Year A; Proper 6 | Year B; Proper 16 | Year B; Proper 20 | Year B; Easter 4 | Year C|
|With One Voice #699||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915||9 10 9 9 and refrain||Galatians 2:16-20; Genesis 28:10-17||1995||Burial | ; Christian Hope | ; Heaven, Eternal Life | ; Holy Communion ||
|Worship and Rejoice #426||Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!||Blessed Assurance||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915||22.214.171.124.Ref.||Genesis 28:12; Hebrews 9:28; John 3:8; Titus 2:13; Mark 13:37; Ephesians 1:14; Psalm 146:2; 2 Corinthians 5:5; Psalm 40:3; Romans 8:16-17||2001|
|生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #414||有福的確據，耶穌屬我， (Blessed Assurance Jesus Is Mine)||有福的確據，耶穌屬我， (Blessed Assurance Jesus Is Mine)||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby||1986|
|찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #287||예 수 를 내 가 주 로 믿 어 (Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!)||예 수 를 내 가 주 로 믿 어 (Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine)||ASSURANCE||Fanny J. Crosby||126.96.36.199. with Refrain||2 Corinthians 4:6; Galatians 2:20||2001||Grace and Calmness | ; Jesus Christ | Blood; New Creation | ; Obedience | ; Salvation | ; Trust and Assurance | ; 은혜 와 평안 | ; 예수 의 보혈 | ; 새로운피조물 | ; 순종 | ; 구원 | ; 신 뢰 와 확신 |||Korean trans. The United Methodist Korean Hymnal Committee|