Fanny Crosby, the blind, prolific poem and hymn writer collaborated often with musician and song writer, William Doane. William was a very successful business man and inventor. Music was considered a hobby for him, but when you consider how many hymn tunes, he wrote, music was much more than a hobby.
Fanny Crosby would often visit the Doane family home and it was during one of these visits that she and William were talking about the nearness of God. How great it was to feel God’s presence, to sense His love and to know that you belonged to Him. No doubt they would have referred to Hebrews 10:22 a verse that says, “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart”. Fanny suddenly stopped and declared she had an idea for a song. William Doane dutifully wrote all the verses Fanny began to dictate. By the next morning Doane had a tune prepared for the text.
When God’s hand is on every part of your life and you consecrate yourselves to live wholeheartedly for Jesus, we can confidently exclaim, “I am thine O Lord…Draw me nearer, blessed Lord”.