In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11
A hymn with an extraordinary history of blessing ever since it was written. How it can be used, an incident in Joseph Entwisle’s Memoir may show.
He was anxiously seeking the pardoning mercy of God, whena pious young man said to him, as they were walking together along Moseley Street, Manchester, on their way to the chapel at Birchin Lane,Joseph, I will read you a hymn which those of us sing who know our sins forgiven.
He then opened his hymn-book, and read the beautiful hymn on adoption, beginningMy God, I am Thine.He was much struck with it, not having heard or read it before; and expressed an ardent desire to be enabled to adopt its language as descriptive of his own experience.
He was much encouraged by the assurance given him by his pious friend, who lived in the personal enjoyment of this blessing, that he might soon attain it, and be enabled from happy experience to sing the hymn with him.
Telford, pp. 237–38
My God, I am Thine, what a comfort divine,
What a blessing to know that my Jesus is mine!
In the heavenly Lamb thrice happy I am,
And my heart it doth dance at the sound of His name.
True pleasures abound in the rapturous sound;
And whoever hath found it hath paradise found:
My Jesus to know, and feel His blood flow,
’Tis life everlasting, ’tis Heaven below.
Yet onward I haste to the heavenly feast:
That, that is the fulness; but this is the taste!
And this I shall prove, till with joy I remove
To the heaven of heavens in Jesus’ love.