As it was my custom since 2010, I would specially post a hymn on the 3rd may of the year.  3rd may had always been a special day in my life.

So far I have shared the following hymns

What A Friend I have In Jesus” – May 3rd 2010
“Thanks to God” – May 3rd 2011
“Day By Day” – May 3rd 2012
“All The Way The Savior Leads Me” – May 3rd 2013
“Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer” – May 3rd 2014

This year I was reading an article about the hymns “Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus”.  It was a hymn that I have not heard for some time,  So I did a bit of research onto the lyrics and the history behind the hymn.

The lady who wrote the lyrics was Louisa Stead. She was a widow, she lost her husband during a family picnic.While they were sitting down enjoying the day,  they heard a scream. They saw a boy drowning in the water. Mr Stead attempted to save the boy, but it was not successful. Louisa and Lily could only watch helplessly by as Mr Stead died with the boy.

Louisa and Lily became a pair of helpless widow and child. They became poor and destitute. But yet they experienced the love of God. For God moved many people to provide for them.

Eventually the love of God moved Louisa and Lily Stead to work as missionaries in south Africa. Let us read the lyrics of the hymn together.


Title : Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus

Words: Louisa Stead, 1882.
Music: William Kirkpatrick.

’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.

  • (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.

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.


Here is a video of the backstory