’TIS SO SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS
Louisa M. R. Stead, c. 1850–1917
That we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ. (Ephesians 1:12 KJV)
Out of one of the darkest hours of her life—the tragic drowning of her husband— a young mother proclaimed through her tears, “ ’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus … and I know that thou art with me, wilt be with me to the end.” As Louisa Stead, her husband and their little daughter were enjoying an ocean side picnic one day, a drowning boy cried for help. Mr. Stead rushed to save him but was pulled under by the terrified boy. Both drowned as Louisa and her daughter watched helplessly. During the sorrowful days that followed, the words of this hymn came from the grief stricken wife’s heart.
Soon after this Mrs. Stead and her daughter left for missionary work in South Africa. After more than 25 years of fruitful service, Louisa was forced to retire because of ill health. She died a few years later in Southern Rhodesia. Her fellow missionaries had always loved “ ’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” and wrote this tribute after her death:
We miss her very much, but her influence goes on as our five thousand native Christians continually sing this hymn in their native language.
Out of a deep human tragedy early in her life, Louisa Stead learned simply to trust in her Lord. She was used to “the praise of His glory” for the remainder of her life. Still today, her ministry continues each time we sing and apply the truth of these words:
’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.
Chorus: 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!
For Today: Psalm 91:4; Isaiah 26:3, 4; Acts 10:43; Romans 1:16, 17; 5:1, 2; Ephesians 1:3–14
Express thanks to God for the lessons of trust He has taught you. Sing with this hymn writer—“O for grace to trust Him more!” Carry this musical reminder with you because—
Osbeck, K. W.
- He will cover thee under his wings, and thou shalt be sure under his feathers: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Psalm 91:4
- By an assured purpose wilt thou preserve perfect peace, because they trusted in thee. Isaiah 26:3-4
- To him also give all the Prophets witness, that through his Name all that believe in him, shall receive remissions of sins. Acts 10:43
- For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Grecian. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness, and unrighteousness of men, which withhold the truth in unrighteousness. Romans 1:16-17
- Then being justified by faith, we have peace toward God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1-2
- Blessed be God, and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which hath blessed us, with all spiritual blessing in heavenly things in Christ, As he hath chosen us in him, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy, and witout blame before him in love: Who hath predestined us, to be adopted through Jesus Christ in himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherewith he hath made us freely accepted in his beloved. By whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins, according to his rich grace: Whereby he hath been abundant toward us in all wisdom and understanding, And hath opened unto us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in him, That in the dispensation of the fullness of the times, he might gather together in one all things, both which are in heaven, and which are in earth, even in Christ. In whom also we are chosen when we were predestinated according to the purpose of him, which worketh all things after the counsel of his own will, That we, which first trusted in Christ, should be unto the praise of his glory: In whom also ye have trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, even the Gosple of your salvation, wherein also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance, for the redemption of that liberty purchased unto the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:3–14