Thursday, March 23, 2017

Still - Hillary Scott and The Scott Family

Still - Hillary Scott and The Scott Family



Recently, a friend shared "Still", a song performed by Hillary Scott and The Scott Family, on Facebook and instantly Bible verses were popping up in my mind. I already loved "Thy Will Be Done" from their album Love Remains which Hillary Scott wrote with Emily Weisband and Bernie Herms after struggling with why she had a miscarriage.   That song touches many as they wrestle with their own trials and circumstances.  Similarly, this song deals with trusting God through difficult times and the unknown.







Still
by Justin Ebach and Molly Reed

Verse 1:
I believe that You are God alone
Psalm 86:10 For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God.
But sometimes I still try to take control
Stephen said in Acts 7:51 “You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did."
Cause I get scared when I can't see the end
Romans 8:24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
And all You want from me is to let go
Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.


Chorus:
You're parting waters

Exodus 14:13-14; 21-22 But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” . . . Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided. The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
Making a way for me
God says in Isaiah 43:19 “Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert."
Isaiah 51:10 Was it not You who dried up the sea, The waters of the great deep; Who made the depths of the sea a pathway For the redeemed to cross over
You're moving mountains that I don't even see
Job 9:5 It is God who removes the mountains, they know not how, When He overturns them in His anger;
You've answered my prayer before I even speak
Isaiah 65:24 It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.
All You need for me to be is still
Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”


Verse 2:
I bring my praise before I bring my need

Praise comes first when Jesus taught his disiples to pray in Luke 11:2-4 And He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us'.
Cause there's no fear You've not already seen
About God in Hebrews 4:13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
Psalm 56:8 You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? 
Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. 
I rest my heart on all Your promises
About God in 2 Timothy 2:13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
Hebrews 11:20-21 yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform
Cause I have seen and know Your faithfulness

Joshua 21:45 Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.
Psalm 37:5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it
Psalm 98:3 He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lord Jesus, We Remember

Lord Jesus, We Remember
by James G. Deck



Verse 1:
Lord Jesus, we remember

The travail of Thy soul,
About Jesus in 1 Corinthians 11:24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
When, through Thy love's deep pity,
The waves did o'er Thee roll;
Psalms 42:7 Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.
Baptized in death's dark waters,
For us Thy blood was shed;
Jesus said in Luke 12:50 "But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished!"
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
For us Thou, Lord of glory,
Wast numbered with the dead.
1 Corinthians 2:8 the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory;
About the Messiah in Isaiah 53:12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.

Verse 2:
O Lord! Thou now art risen,
Thy travail all is o'er;
1 Corinthians 15:20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.
John 19:30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. 
For sin Thou once hast suffered,
Thou liv'st to die no more;
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;
Romans 6:9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 
Sin, death, and hell are vanquished
By Thee, the church's Head;
Revelation 1:17-18 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.
Hebrews 9:26 Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself
Colossians 1:18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 
And lo! we share Thy triumphs,
Thou First-born from the dead.
1 Corinthians 15:57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood

Verse 3:
Unto Thy death baptized,
We own with Thee we died:
Romans 6:3-4 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?  Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
Colossians 2:12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 
With Thee, our Life, we're risen,
And shall be glorified.
Ephesians 2:4-6 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
Colossians 2:12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.  
Romans 8:16-17 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him
Romans 8:30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified
From sin, the world, and Satan,
We're ransomed by Thy blood,
Titus 2:14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
Hebrews 2:14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 
1 Peter 1:18-19 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
And here would walk as strangers,
Alive with Thee to God.
Hebrews 11:13 All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
Philippians 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 
Romans 6:11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Free "Thinking of You" Images with Bible verses

8 Free Thinking of You and Praying for You images from ScriptureAnd.blogspot.com

8 Free "Thinking of You" Images 

with Bible verses


I created some sympathy greeting images to send to friends through social media or email.  I got the images from different stock photo websites.  

You are welcome to use these images for non-commercial purposes (where the end product is not for sale).  Also, if you share them on a blog or website, please post a link back to this page.  Feel free to share them in emails or on social media without any attribution.  Also, cards and gifts for personal use do not require attribution.  Please do not remove the watermark. Enjoy!

To save the image, click on it to view the larger image.  
Then, right-click on it and choose "Save Image As...".


Praying For You image with cherry blossoms in the sun and Psalm 34:18 from ScriptureAnd.blogspot.com
Original photo from Unsplash.com by Anders JildĂ©n


Praying For You image with a road and Deuteronomy 31:8 from ScriptureAnd.blogspot.com
Original Photo from Pexels.com by Ryan McGuire


Praying For You image with mountains and an eagle and Isaiah 40:31 from ScriptureAnd.blogspot.com
Original Photo from Unsplash.com by Julia Revitt 


Praying For You image with a stormy lake and Isaiah 43:2 from ScriptureAnd.blogspot.com
Original photo from Pexels.com by Robert de Bock


Praying For You with a mountain face and Psalm 61:2 from ScriptureAnd.blogspot.com


Praying For You with a mountain face and Psalm 61:2 from ScriptureAnd.blogspot.com


Praying For You with fortress and Nahum 1:7 from ScriptureAnd.blogspot.com
 Original photo from Pexels.com by Sophia Hilmar



Thinking Of You image with a pink gerber daisy and Psalm 46:1 from ScriptureAnd.blogspot.com
 Original Photo from Unsplash.com by Andrew Small


Thinking Of You image with a mountain sunset and Psalm 27:1 from ScriptureAnd.blogspot.com


Friday, February 17, 2017

Free Birthday Images with Bible Verses

8 Free Birthday Images with Bible Verses from ScriptureAnd.blogspot.com

8 Free Birthday Images with Bible Verses

I created some birthday greeting images to send to friends through social media or email.  I got the images from different stock photo websites.  

You are welcome to use these images for non-commercial purposes (where the end product is not for sale).  Also, if you share them on a blog or website, please post a link back to this page.  Feel free to share them in emails or on social media to wish someone a Happy Birthday without any attribution.  Also, cards and gifts for personal use do not require attribution.  Please do not remove the watermark.  Enjoy!

To save the image, click on it to view the larger image.  Then, right-click on it and choose "Save Image As...".

Happy birthday card with crocuses and 1 Corinthians 1:4 from ScriptureAnd.blogspot.com
Original photo from Unsplash.com by Aaron Burden


Happy Birthday image with cupcakes and Psalm 34:8 from ScriptureAnd.blogspot.com
Original photo from stocksnap.io by Brooke Lark


Happy Birthday image with daisy and Psalm 147:11 from ScriptureAnd.blogspot.com
Original photo from pexels.com by Adrianna Calvo


Happy Birthday image with dock sunset and Psalm 118:24 from ScriptureAnd.blogspot.com
Original photo from pexels.com by Pok Rie


Happy Birthday image with fall leaves and Psalm 23:6 from ScriptureAnd.blogspot.com
Original photo from unsplash.com by Tim Gouw


Happy Birthday with flowers in a vase and Ephesians 2:10 from ScriptureAnd.blogspot.com
From Chiatra at CreativeConvex.com and PinkPot 


Happy birthday image with a gift and James 1:17-18 from ScriptureAnd.blogspot.com
Original photo from pixabay.com by image4you


Happy Birthday image with a mountain lake and Jeremiah 17:7 from ScriptureAnd.blogspot.com
Original photo is my own

Monday, February 13, 2017

My Favorite Hymns about God's Love

My Favorite Hymns about God's Love | scriptureand.blogspot.com

For Valentine's Day, I was going to do a hymn study on a hymn about God's love. God's love is the ultimate example of love.  His loving is giving, sacrificial, and gracious.  Our love can only hope to be a reflection of his agape love.

Since I was unable to choose just one hymn, I have decided to share some of my favorites instead.


by Charles Wesley, 1738

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain—
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

’Tis mystery all: th’Immortal dies:
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;
Let angel minds inquire no more.

He left His Father’s throne above
So free, so infinite His grace—
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

Still the small inward voice I hear,
That whispers all my sins forgiven;
Still the atoning blood is near,
That quenched the wrath of hostile Heaven.
I feel the life His wounds impart;
I feel the Savior in my heart.
I feel the life His wounds impart;
I feel the Savior in my heart.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.




by Frederick Lehman, 1917
(Second verse based on the Jewish Poem "Haddamut" by Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai, 1050)

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Refrain
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.

When years of time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men, who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.


by Mary Shekleton, 1863

Traditional Tune

Modern Tune

It passeth knowledge, that dear love of Thine,
O Jesus, Saviour; yet this soul of mine
Would of Thy love, in all its breadth and length,
Its height and depth and everlasting strength,
Know more and more.

It passeth telling, that dear love of Thine,
O Jesus, Saviour; yet these lips of mine
Would fain proclaim to sinners far and near
A love which can remove all guilty fear,
And love beget.

It passeth praises, that dear love of Thine,
O Jesus, Saviour; yet this heart of mine
Would sing a love so rich, so full, so free,
Which brought a rebel sinner, such as me,
Nigh unto God.

But though I cannot tell, or sing, or know
The fulness of Thy love while here below,
My tiny vessel I may freely bring --- 
O Thou, who art of love the living Spring,
My vessel fill!

O fill me, Jesus, Saviour, with Thy love;
Lead, lead me to the living Fount above!
Thither may I in simple faith draw nigh,
And never to another fountain fly,
But unto Thee.

Lord Jesus, when Thee face to face I see,
When on Thy lofty throne I sit with Thee,
Then of Thy love in all its breadth and length,
Its height and depth, its everlasting strength,
My soul shall sing.


by Stuart Townsend, 1995

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss -
The Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory.

Behold the man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders;
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life -
I know that it is finished.

I will not boast in anything,
No gifts, no power, no wisdom;
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer;
But this I know with all my heart -
His wounds have paid my ransom.


O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
by S. Trevor Francis, 1875

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o’er His loved ones, died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o’er them from the throne!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, love of every love the best!
’Tis an ocean full of blessing, ’tis a haven giving rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, ’tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee!


by Charles H. Gabriel, 1905

I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
A sinner, condemned, unclean.

Refrain
O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!

For me it was in the garden
He prayed: “Not My will, but Thine.”
He had no tears for His own griefs,
But sweat drops of blood for mine.

In pity angels beheld Him,
And came from the world of light
To comfort Him in the sorrows
He bore for my soul that night.

He took my sins and my sorrows,
He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calvary,
And suffered and died alone.

When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see,
’Twill be my joy through the ages
To sing of His love for me.


What are some of your favorite hymns (or songs) about God's love?  Which of these are your favorites?  Would you like me to do a hymn study on one of these hymns?  I'd love to read your comments below!

Monday, February 6, 2017

How Deep The Father's Love For Us

How Deep The Father's Love For Us and Scripture | scriptureand.blogspot.com


I love good hymns and I love good modern praise songs.  While I like the music of some more than others, what is important to me is the words and how well they are true to God's Word.  The music should reinforce those words.  For example, it is appropriate that Crown Him With Many Crowns sounds majestic, that Amazing Grace is reflective, and that How Firm A Foundation sounds strong and steady.  It would be odd for Onward Christian Soldiers to sound like a lullaby (even if that is the song my dad sang to us at bedtime when we were little - but, hey, he sang what he could).

That is why I love the modern hymn "How Deep The Father's Love For Us".  Yes, I would classify it as a hymn.  When most people think of hymns they are thinking of older church songs, but they are actually songs that are written in meter.  The meter is the number of syllables in a line.  How Deep The Father's Love For Us is written in 8.7.8.7.8.7.8.7 (which is the same as 8.7.8.7.D. or 8.7. - 8 lines).  In other words, the first line has eight syllables, the second has seven, the third has eight and so forth.

If you have two songs with the same meter, you may be able to switch the tunes.  The songs will require the same type of poetic foot (iambic, trochaic, ionic...) as well, but that's a lesson for another time.  For example, you could sing this hymn to Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee, Savior Like A Shepherd Lead Us, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, or I Have A Friend O Such A Friend (the last one fits this modern hymn best with both the foot and the tone).





How Deep The Father's Love For Us
by Stuart Townend

Verse 1:
How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure,
Ephesians 3:17-19 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
Jesus said in John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

How great the pain of searing loss -
The Father turns His face away,
Matthew 27:46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory.
1 Peter 2:24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.
Hebrew 2:9-10 But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.

Verse 2:
Behold the man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders;
1 Peter 2:24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers.
Luke 23:35-37 And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, "He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One." The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine and saying, "If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!" 
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished;
Hebrews 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
His dying breath has brought me life -
I know that it is finished.
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;
John 19:30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

Verse 3:
I will not boast in anything,
No gifts, no power, no wisdom;
Jeremiah 9:23-24 Thus says the LORD, "Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things," declares the LORD.
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.
Paul says in Galatians 6:14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer;
Psalm 103:10-13 He [God] has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.  Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
But this I know with all my heart -
His wounds have paid my ransom.
Matthew 20:28 "just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Blessed Assurance

Blessed Assurance

Blessed Assurance was written by Fanny Crosby in 1873.  Fanny Crosby was a prolific hymn writer who also happened to be blind.  Apparently, Fanny's friend and tune writer, Phoebe P. Knapp, played a tune for Fanny and asked her what the tune said to her.  Fanny listened and replied, "It says, "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine."  The rest of the words for this hymn just flowed from her.   

I love how the first verse talks about our position in Christ, knowing that what we have now is only a foretaste of what is to come.  The second verse is more of an emotional response.  I don't personally believe that her reference to the rapture means any eschatological event, but rather intense joy (a more common definition of rapture).  This matches with the "perfect delight" that she just mentioned.  It is even more inspiring when you envision this blind author having "visions of rapture burst on [her] sight."  The third verse anchors her emotional response with more scriptural truths (being at rest in Christ's finished work, being blessed in Christ, watching and waiting for His return...).

It's easy to see why this hymn is a classic and a favorite.

Blessed Assurance and Scripture  | scriptureand.blogspot.com

Blessed Assurance
by Fanny Crosby, 1873

Verse 1:
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
1 Thessalonians 1:5  for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
Hebrews 10:22-23 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Romans 8:23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Hebrews 1:14 Are they [angels] not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them [believers] who shall be heirs of salvation?
Acts 20:28 "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood."
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
John 3:5-6 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."
1 John 1:7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
Refrain:
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.
Psalm 35:28 And my tongue shall declare Your righteousness And Your praise all day long.

Verse 2:
Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Psalm 40:8 "I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.”
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
1 Peter 1:8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
Speaking of angels in Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?

Verse 3:
Perfect submission, all is at rest
Hebrews 4:3,10 For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, "As I swore in my wrath, they shall not enter my rest," although His works were finished from the foundation of the world. ... For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Titus 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
Ephesians 3:19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.