At another time, I hope to post a video detailing the life of hymn writer Fanny Crosby. Because of her blindness, which happened early in her childhood, I find the consistent theme of joy in her lyrics to be especially powerful and, to be honest, convicting. Furthermore, her joy inspires me to also rejoice in the Lord Jesus Christ as I praise Him by singing the words she wrote.
The true power of Fanny Crosby’s hymns, however, don’t really come from her disability. Sure, an awareness that she’d lost her sight adds a certain poignancy to many of her lines (such as, “I know I shall see in His beauty/ The King in Whose law I delight” and “Visions of rapture not burst on my sight”), but her hymns have there greatest potency as a result of her love for the Lord. He had indeed redeemed her, becoming “the theme of her song.”
This week, I’m featuring one of my favorite Fanny Crosby hymns. This hymn highlights the many reasons to praise Jesus, our blessed Redeemer. The music that Chester G. Allen composed for this hymn accentuates the joy of praising such a wonderful Savior.