This video are 50 of the most beloved gospel hymns of all time. You can enjoy this video in its entirety below this article. Enjoy classics like “How Great Thou Art”, “It is Well With My Soul”, “Blessed Assurance,” and many, many others.
History of “Blessed Assurance”
While it would be interesting to investigate the history behind each and every hymn in this video, time does not allow this. We can look at one, though, that being “Blessed Assurance.” Composer Phoebe Knapp came up with the melody of the song and asked Fanny Crosby, “what does this tune say to you?” With that invitation, Crosby spouted out what is now one of the most beloved hymns of all time. From her soul came “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!” She went on to recite the first stanza.
What you might not know is the fact that Fanny Crosby (1820-1915) lead a challenged life. From the age of six-weeks-old, she lived her life in total darkness. Although she had been blind since a young age, Fanny didn’t let it get her down. In fact, she began composing hymns at the tender age of six. Fanny is an example to us all of how we can use our talents to bless others, even if our lives themselves are full of challenges.
What The Bible Says About Overcoming Challenges
The apostle Paul is another example of blessing others while suffering heartache, physical issues and problems of all kinds. Paul persevered and even sang hymns while imprisoned. In Acts 16: 25, the Bible says, “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.” Paul was in prison, after being flogged, simply for releasing a woman of a spirit. While being unfairly treated, Paul and Silas were still able to bless others through hymns and encouragement, much like Fanny Crosby.
Enjoy this video of hymns and ponder how you too can use your life to bless others, even if you find yourself are in your own “prison” or “darkness.”