‘Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus Louisa Stead (1882)
‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
Just 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!
O for grace to trust Him more!
O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
Just in simple faith to plunge me
Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
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.
I’m so glad I learned to trust Him,
Precious Jesus, saviour, friend;
And I know that He is with me,
Will be with me to the end.
Louisa Stead felt called to be a missionary when she was a teenager. Her passion to share the Good News grew as she grew. She was all set to go to China when her health became too fragile for the trip.
She was heartbroken. She met and married a kind and loving man. One beautiful afternoon on the coast of Long Island, they were picnicking with their 4-year-old daughter, Lily, when Louisa’s husband looked up to see someone thrashing about in the water. He dashed into the ocean to save the life of another. The child was saved but he drowned.
In the midst of great sorrow, Louisa set out with Lily for the mission field, this time to South Africa. It was in there that she wrote:‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.
Because someone was drowning, her husband gave his life. Because we’re all drowning, Jesus gave His.
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er! God proved His love. But how do we prove Him?
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.
Louisa Stead knew this because she found trusting Jesus to be sweet even when life was bitter.
Oh for grace to trust Him more.
Thank you, kind friends for your words of love and prayers. I’m weak of signal, but not weak of heart. This old hymn has been refurbishing me for days. Life and rest and joy and peace. 😀
I’ll catchup with you whenever the airwaves allow.