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This hymn was written not by someone who had everything going well for her but rather by a young woman who had lost her beloved husband in a tragic accident and left alone to bring up their only daughter.
The hymn writer, Louisa M. R. Stead, born in Dover, England and went to America when she was about 21 year old, had known the Lord at a tender age and had felt the call to be a missionary first in her teen and later at a camp meeting. Because of frail health, she was deterred from going into the mission field.
In 1875, she met and married Stead and bore him a daughter who was named Lily.
While out on a picnic together as a family, her husband tragically drowned in his attempt to save a drowning boy.
Left to fend for herself and her daughter, she learned to trust in her Savior and Lord; trusting and resting on God's promises and proving over and over that His promises are true.
This hymn is a testimony of the great faithfulness of God. He promised to be with us always ... to provide for all our needs. What do we need to do? To take Him at His word...to rest and trust in His providence and love.
Louisa M. R. Stead took Him at His word and proved Him over and over. This is the hymn she wrote in the midst of testing after the death of her husband.
Shortly after, she went to South Africa with her daughter and served there as missionaries for many years.
’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!
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.
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