‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus Lyrics
Author: Louisa M R Stead
1 ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
and 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!
O for grace to trust him more!
2 O 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]
3 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]
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‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus Story
Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus was composed by Louisa M. R. Stead in 1882.
Louisa was born in 1850 in Dover England and died in 1917 in Rhodesia, present day, Zimbabwe.
From a very young age she felt an impression to serve God as a missionary.
Unfortunately, ill health prevented her realizing her dream initially.
The song, ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, was influenced by a tragic incident in her life and that of her family.
She had just married Mr Stead in 1875 and had a daughter by the name of Lily.
When the child was four years old, they decided to go to the beach at Long Island Sound in New York.
While there they heard a drowning boy crying for help in the sea.
Her husband went into the water to help but was pulled down by the drowning boy and both drowned.
It is the struggle to understand what had happened that led her to write this hymn. Through it all she had learned to trust God.
It would have been easy for her to blame God and lose her faith in him, but she chose to continue to trust God and his word.
She later went to South Africa to serve as a missionary and stayed there for fifteen years.
There she married a South African by the name of Robert Wodehouse.
Unfortunately, her ill health issues returned band they had to go back to the United States in 1895.
A few years later they returned to the mission field. This time they went to Southern Rhodesia in Southern Africa to work for the Methodist Church.
This is where she died at the house of her daughter who also was serving as a missionary in Zimbabwe.
By the time she died she had been retired due to poor health which eventually led to her death in 1917.
While she waits for the coming of the Lord, she had learned to trust her song continues to bless millions around the world.
I have known this hymn ever since I was young living in Africa. This song is still a favorite of the people of Africa where she served.