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

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

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Philip P. Bliss (1838–1876)

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

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!