Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.@Hebrews 10:21–22
Phoebe P. Knapp (1839–1908)

Fan­ny Cros­by, 1873. 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! This hymn was sung in the Academy Award winning movies Places in the Heart (1984) & Trip to Bountiful (1985). Based on the number of hymnals in which it appears (over 850), this song is Fanny’s most popular work.

Assurance Pho­ebe P. Knapp (🔊 pdf nwc).

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 body of soldiers 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.’

Sankey, p. 122

Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

Blessèd 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.