July 28 – Hymns Series

Blessed Assurance

“Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.”

To be assured of something, means that you have confidence, certainty, and security. Looking at our surroundings, what we can touch, there isn’t much that holds that guarantee. Material things fall apart, people fail us, and our skin and bones are temporary. The hymnal Blessed Assurance written by blind hymn writer Fanny Crosby in 1873 finds inspiration for the song through Philippians 1:2, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (ESV).

There are times that life may not look like a blessed assurance. Can some people be blessed and others not? Do blessings come and go? Some may think those who don’t have much material wealth, are blessed as they are more content with real blessings, such as people, family and time.

“ Blessings are not static gifts, they are a flow of grace. “ – Liz Milani

The hymnal reminds us that our blessings aren’t come and go, or transactional. Blessed assurance comes from God, not our goodness, or attempts at wholeness.

“ God’s blessing makes life rich; nothing we do can improve on God.” – Proverbs 10:22 (MSG)

Assurance can be a form of rest. A time when these lyrics hit me was during a funeral. There is assurance in the text about the finality of life. We are assured of our destination after this life. We are blessed, reminded of the idea, that our life’s assurance is solid on what Jesus has given us, eternal life. We can sing about our stories on earth, and praise to our futures.

“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.”

We can look back at our blessings, good, bad, blessings-in- disguise, whatever you want to call them and rest. Rest in the hope that our grounding here on earth is with what God has given us, and that our journey of life, can be all joy because of who Jesus is.

“This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long”

Further Reading:

“ God’s blessing makes life rich; nothing we do can improve on God.”
Proverbs 10:22 (MSG)

“It’s criminal to ignore a neighbor in need, but compassion for the poor- what a blessing!”
Proverbs 14:21 (MSG)

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
6 “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
7 “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
8 “You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
9 “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family. – Matthew 5: 3-9 (MSG)

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