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Hymn History: Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus
One day Louisa Stead (1850-1917) with her husband and four year old daughter went to enjoy the beach at Long Island, New York. While there, they heard a call for help from a young child in the water. Mr. Stead went to his rescue but instead both he and the child were drowned. Louisa and her daughter were left to experience poverty in their life.
One day she found some food and money had
been left for her on her doorstep. The hymn
“’Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus” was born
from that incident. Later Louisa and her
daughter left for South Africa where she found herself a new husband. After which they led a missionary life. The music to this hymn was written by William J. Kirkpatrick (photo below).
‘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.”
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 Thee, precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me, wilt be with me to the end.
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!