God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.@Psalm 73:26

Philip P. Bliss, Gospel Songs (Cincinnati, Ohio: John Church & Company, 1874), number 57 (🔊 pdf nwc).

He wrote [this song] to bring Christians into a more full assurance of salvation, in connection with his experience in Gospel meetings with doubting Christians who were looking to their feelings instead of the word of God.

Whittle, p. 138

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Philip P. Bliss (1838-1876)

A long time I wandered in darkness and sin,
And wondered if ever the light would shine in;
I heard Christian friends tell of raptures divine,
And wished, how I wished, that their Savior were mine.
I wished He were mine, yes, I wished He were mine;
I wished, how I wished, that their Savior were mine.

I heard the glad Gospel of good will to men;
I read whosoever again and again;
I said to my soul, Can that promise be thine?
And then began hoping that Jesus were mine.
I hoped He was mine, yes, I hoped He was mine;
I then began hoping that Jesus was mine.

Oh, mercy surprising, He saves even me!
Thy portion forever, He says, I will be.
On His word I’m resting—assurance divine—
I’m hoping no longer—I know He is mine!
I know He is mine, yes, I know He is mine;
I’m hoping no longer—I know He is mine!