Behind the Hymn: I am thine, O Lord

I Am Thine, O Lord is another beloved hymn by Fanny Crosby.

Fanny Crosby

Ira Sankey shared in his book that Fanny Crosby was visiting Mr. W.H. Doane, in is Cincinnati, Ohio home.  They were talking about the blessedness and nearness of God.   The sun began to set that evening and the evening shadows were gathering around them, during which time someone described the sunset to Fanny.

In a moment of inspiration, Fanny began to provide the words to the hymn.

William Howard Doane fitted music to the lyrics.

The hymn was published in the 1875 Brightest and Best hymnal.   It has since been published innumerous other hymnals and become very much loved.

Hebrews 10:22 may have served as an inspiration for that conversation, “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”

The hymn is written in first person and encourages us to draw closer to God.

How do you draw closer to God?