Blessed 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.
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.
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.
Fanny Crosby, 1873
Read Isaiah 12:1-6
(This hymn is a testimony. The refrain repeats that this is my story and song. It is a factual recounting of my experience and it is praise bursting from a full heart. Both are vital in our testimonies, just as giving a testimony itself is a vital component of worship. The Psalms and the prophets often call us tell about God’s greatness in the congregation. Start by sharing just one thing God has done for you, until it becomes your story and your song.)