ONLY TRUST HIM                                                                           written in 1874

The Story

            John Stockton, a Methodist minister in southern New Jersey, struggled with poor health for most of his life. Although he wanted to enter the ministry, he didn’t do it until he was 44-years-old. But, his health kept failing him, and he had to take a leave of absence. When he was getting his strength back, he wrote hymns… hymns such as this one and “Glory To His Name”.

Often when he finished a hymn, he would send it to Ira Sankey, who was the music director and soloist for Dwight L. Moody’s evangelistic crusades. Sankey would put these hymns in his “musical scrapbook”, which was sort of a musical bottomless pit that Sankey would reach into when he needed to find a new song.

In 1873, Sankey was crossing the Atlantic Ocean for services in England… and he had time to look through his musical scrapbook. That’s when he discovered this hymn written by John. He liked it, except for the chorus which – in the original – began, “Come to Jesus, come to Jesus”. Sankey changed it to “Only trust Him, only trust Him”… and began using it in England. When Moody and Sankey returned to Philadelphia, a very frail John Stockton helped Sankey lead the congregation in singing this invitation hymn.

It was published in 1874.

The Song

           Read this hymn, and – today – place your trust in Jesus; for your salvation (if you have not done that already) and for your daily activity.

Come, every soul by sin oppressed; there’s mercy with the Lord,

and He will surely give you rest by trusting in His Word.


Only trust Him, only trust Him, only trust Him now;

He will save you, He will save you, He will save you now.


For Jesus shed His precious blood, rich blessings to bestow;

plunge now into the crimson flood that washes white as snow.  (Refrain)


Yes, Jesus is the truth, the way, that leads you into rest;

believe in Him without delay and you are fully blessed.  (Refrain)


Come, then, and join this holy band, and on to glory go

to dwell in that celestial land where joys immortal flow.  (Refrain)


O Jesus, blessed Jesus, dear, I’m coming now to Thee;

since Thou hast made the way so clear and full salvation free.  (Refrain)


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