TRUSTING JESUS written in 1876
Edgar P. Stites (1836-1921) was active in the Civil War… and then was later a riverboat pilot… and still later became a missionary to the frontier churches in South Dakota.
The lyrics of this hymn first appeared as a poem in a newspaper; the poem was written by Edgar. They were given to Ira Sankey’s partner, Dwight Moody, an evangelist, who then asked Sankey (1840-1908), who was the soloist and song leader for Moody’s crusades, to write music for them. Sankey said he would, on the condition Moody would vouch for the doctrine taught in the verses… and Moody said he would. This hymn was published in 1876.
This hymn has a difficult timing to lead… a slow, rhythmic timing.
Read this hymn, and – today – focus on trust Jesus… that is all.
Simply trusting ev’ry day, trusting thro’ a stormy way;
even when my faith is small, trusting Jesus, that is all.
Trusting as the moments fly, trusting as the days go by;
trusting Him whate’er befall, trusting Jesus, that is all.
Brightly does His Spirit shine into this poor heart of mine;
while He leads I cannot fall; trusting Jesus, that is all. (Chorus)
Singing if my way is clear, praying if the path be drear;
if in danger for Him call; trusting Jesus, that is all. (Chorus)
Trusting Him while life shall last, trusting Him till earth be past;
till within the jasper wall, trusting Jesus, that is all. (Chorus)