‘TIS SO SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS                                       written in 1882

The Story

            Louisa Stead (1850-1917) and her husband were relaxing with their 4-year-old daughter on a Long Island beach when they heard a child’s desperate cry. A boy was drowning, and Louisa’s husband tried to rescue him. In the process of the rescue, though, the boy pulled Mr. Stead under the water… and both he and the boy drowned as Louisa and her daughter watched.

Louisa was left with a child and no means of support. She and her daughter experienced deep poverty. One morning, when she had neither food nor funds for the day, she opened the front door and found that someone had left food and money on her doorstep. That day she wrote this hymn. William Kirkpatrick wrote the music for this hymn.

Shortly after the writing of this hymn, Louisa and her daughter, Lily, moved to South Africa where they became missionaries.

Sometimes we are quick to mouth trite sayings about our faith… we often quote Scripture without even thinking about what those Scriptures say, or sing songs without focusing on the lyrics. For Louisa, there was nothing trivial or trite about her trust in Jesus. This hymn she wrote remains a reminder and comfort to all believers who have experienced this same truth: “Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er! Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust Him more!”

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – sweetly trust Jesus.

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word;
just to rest upon His promise, and to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!  How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!  Oh, for grace to trust Him more!

Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus, just to trust His cleansing blood;
and in simple faith to plunge me ’neath the healing, cleansing flood!  (Refrain)

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus, just from sin and self to cease;
just from Jesus simply taking life and rest, and joy and peace.  (Refrain)

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee, precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
and I know that Thou art with me, wilt be with me to the end.  (Refrain)

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