Hymns of Hope: Day 8

‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

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Today's Text: Proverbs 3:5-12, Romans 8:26-30, 2 Corinthians 1:20-22, Hebrews 9:11-14

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 3:5-12, Romans 8:26-30, 2 Corinthians 1:20-22, Hebrews 9:11-14

I don’t have just one sweet tooth. I have a mouth full of them. But don’t tell my dentist, because the mere mention will probably pre-qualify me for a shiny set of dentures down the road. Chocolate chip cookie dough, funnel cakes with powdered sugar, sour gummies that make your mouth pucker—I’m here for all of it.

Candy, along with other types of “sweets,” like newborn kittens and handwritten notes, are indulgences, unnecessary delights. But when Louisa Stead wrote the hymn, “‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus,” I don’t think it was in response to cotton candy swirls or a beautiful stroll in the park.

In fact, it was a very tragic day at Long Island Sound. What began as a perfectly sunny morning for Louisa, her husband, and their young daughter, Lily, quickly turned into the unfortunate. They sat on the embankment together enjoying a picnic lunch when, all of a sudden, they were interrupted by the sights and sounds of a young boy drowning in the water. Louisa’s husband jumped in after him, but neither the boy nor the man attempting to rescue him survived. Walking away from the scene a grieving widow and single parent, Louisa’s circumstances were anything but sweet. Yet, these are the words she chose to write:

‘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!”
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!

When our lives reflect the brokenness of this world, it is then that we see trusting Jesus for what it truly is: an absolute necessity. We need Him, but His trustworthiness is what makes trusting Him with our need so much sweeter.

‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus when our worlds are spinning deliciously on their centers, when we’re steady and our sights are set on sugary delights we don’t need. It is sweet to trust in a God who desires to give His children abundantly good things. And ‘tis so sweet to trust in Jesus when everything has fallen apart and nothing resembles the life we’re used to, when we’re disoriented and unable to fix our attention on anything but present pain. It is sweet to trust in Jesus, who identifies with our sufferings and carried them for us in His body and to the cross.

While I would never wish Louisa’s loss on anyone, her story lends credibility to those of us (all of us, really) who have felt similar pain, giving us the confidence to proclaim the kindness of our God, even when our circumstances feel anything but kind. When she wrote this hymn, I don’t think Louisa was claiming that her grief had suddenly disappeared by trusting Jesus. Instead, what I hear in her words is the surprise, the sweet relief, that she could still trust Him, come what may. We can, too. O for grace to trust Him more!

 

‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
Text: Louisa M. R. Stead, 1882

‘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.”

Refrain:
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;
and in simple faith to plunge me
neath the healing, cleansing flood!    Refrain

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

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.    Refrain

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  • Molly Gilbane

    Jesus, I trust that your plan is far greater than anything I could ever imagine. I trust you with my soul, my life. Thank you for your everlasting love and for never leaving my side even when I left yours.

  • Erica Askren

    Jesus, I can trust in You, come whatever may.

  • Kelly Reiss

    The last few days of this series have aligned perfectly with what I needed to hear.

  • Erin Melton

    I feel like the word “just” is so important in this song. When you have nothing in this world that makes sense it is so so sweet to just take Jesus at His Word. Nothing else just Jesus, only Jesus, simply Jesus and that is enough even on our darkest days and saddest moment. Read through the lyrics again with that perspective.

  • Allyson Short

    My sister and brother in law had their fourth miscarriage today. They do not know the lord and this hymn could only make sense if they did. Please, I’d anyone feels moved to pray for them, pray they would find the lord through this and cling to the truths of this song.

    • Searching

      Praying for them!

    • v

      Lord of all troubles life brings, this hurts so so much. we know you knit each child together in the womb and you know us, you knew these babies and loved them and we know they are with you and are ok now. I pray strength for Allyson and her family. Hold her sister and brother in law in your hand, comfort them in their grief. You promised to be close to the broken hearted. Give them relief from the dreadful pain this grief causes, lead them through it, cover them with your love in a way that only you can do. Lord let them see you in this situation when they look back one day. I pray for their salvation, bring healing to their heart and peace.

    • Kiana

      praying for them!

  • Charity Sosa

    This Saturday my church lost our assistant youth pastor. I’ve grown up with him my whole life, he’s like family. He was only 25 and left behind a young bride of 11 months. this was his favorite song. He led worship often and would sing this.

    I don’t understand and I have wept all day but I’m so thankful I can trust Jesus. My heart breaks for his wife and family. For my church. He served God with all he had and made every moment count. I will choose to trust Jesus today and I will trust him for tomorrow when tomorrow comes. He is our strength and very present help in trouble.

    • v

      I’m sorry for your loss. I pray you keep on trusting daily and never walk from the path. You have encouraged me by sharing this comment and reminded me to be thankful for everything I have and for the people that I have around me which God has put us alongside.

  • Ysabella Pegueros

    This was what I needed to pick my spirits up today. I’m very thankful for this reading.

  • Blythe Hunt

    “We need him, but His trustworthiness is what makes trusting Him with our need so much sweeter.”

    This idea confronted my heart this morning—how awful it would be to need a God whom we can’t trust, who doesn’t love us, who doesn’t include us in his ultimate plan. And yet, I often function as if this were who God is. What a perfect hymn to commit to memory to remind myself of these beautiful, redemptive truths.

  • Please pray for my daughter as she and her husband meet Wednesday for mediation. They have five children ages 11 to 2 . This is not what my daughter wants .She wants her marriage healed.I just need to feel the peace of God.

  • Prior to my reading my future daughter-in-law text me and told me her father was in hospital in critical condition and they were taken him into surgery at that time. She and her family are considering hospice. So please keep them in your prayers, her name is Dani. She and my son are also in the process of going through in vitro treatments. As I saw the title of this devotional and the song I thought how appropriate to what I found out. I this sound speaks to me in many ways. I have learned to trust in Jesus and He has gotten me through many different situations both good and bad. After reading the lyrics to the song I plan on texting Dani the first few lines of the first verse to help guide her through. Sisters in Christ thank you for prayers.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Dorothy, we’re sorry to hear this. Our team will be praying for Dani’s father and your family as well during this time. Thanks for sharing with us. -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Was given an extra half hour this AM that I didn’t expect and told myself “you should take this time to do the SRT for today…” but of course busied myself with other things… only to be DRIVEN to it this afternoon as my foundation was rocked and have no place else to turn but here for some Truth and hopefully some encouragement. It’s been a pretty consistent one thing after another the last few months and I was feeling like the ground was finally getting a little stable. Then got hit again today with something painful and unexpected. And no real direction, no comprehension of the lasting toll (emotionally and financially) this is going to take on me and my family. I want to trust Him again and again, it’s just rough. I’m hurt and thrown.

    • Heidi

      Praying for you Heidi! We share a name and I am definitely often directed in prayer to certain devotionals (usually SRT!) and bible versus just as you were. It’s how God shows us His grace, provision, and presence and I hope you feel that today.

  • Churchmouse

    Mari, I have missed seeing your posts. Praying you and your family are well and that the Lord is blessing you all in amazing ways

    • Mari

      Churchmouse!! How sweet of you to think of me. I’ve had a little bit of problems with the app on my phone. And I seem to be having problems again. I am doing OK. Your prayers are really appreciated! I am still separated from the kids dad along with other issues going on. Your Continued prayers are appreciated as I’m working on something that has to get done and I need to have important conversations with my kids. Please pray for my son he is on a weeklong summer Christian camp. Praying that God will do HIS mighty work on my son. And also my daughter will be attending a youth conference Thursday and Friday. I’m praying that she will be open to what God has for her. I’m praying this for both my kids.

  • I am at awe that some of the most precious memorable hymns I know, were written after a tragedy in the author’s life. In fact some of Psalms we know were written after a tragedy as well. Yet, each of the authors praised the Lord despite their circumstances. What does that say about how I deal with “disappointment” from the Lord?

  • Donna Luke

    I grew up singing hymns and listening to my Mother play them. She was the church pianist and still sings hymns at agez86 robustly with her 89 year old sister. There were 4 sisters and they sang all the time together because their Dad was a pastor. So my heart resonates with hymns. There are times the load of grief is so wearisome all you can do is rest upon the Word that hopefully has been stored up in your heart. I became a widow overnight 8 years ago when I received a call from overseas that my husband ,who was on a business trip, had not awakened one morning for work. We were married 27 years and had 3 children in college at the time. It is not always easy to trust but it is sweet and restful when I am obedient. The Lord has been faithful for the past 8 years and I trust He will be to the end.

  • Loving this devotional today! I’m 38.5 weeks pregnant with our second and last night, my husband and I were discussing the big change coming to our family. He expressed that he is feeling the pressure and stress of doing really well at work so that he can provide for us and take care of all of us while I’m recovering in the first few weeks. These verses are such a reminder that we can lean on Him and trust Him to get us through this big and wonderful transition ♥️

    • Tina

      Praying peace and joy over you all..as this new season and life changing approaches… wishing you well Lindsey and praying provision so your husband is able to enjoy the arrival of the gift to come…
      Blessings..xxx

  • How I needed to read this today!! I received a skin cancer diagnosis last week. My world feels like it’s turned upside down. My husband is a pastor and sometimes I feel like he puts the needs of the church and parishioners ahead of me. I don’t think he truly understands how this diagnosis has affected me. This is my reassurance that I can trust him in the diagnosis and the upcoming surgeries to remove the cancer. In the middle of all of this, we are moving to a new house and the stress from all is sometimes a little much. But I thank God for the reassurance that I can trust him in the small things and the big things. “Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him. How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er.”

    • Tina

      Sarah… lifting you up in prayer and praying peace in this season you walk…
      Sending love and hugs wrapped in prayers Sarah …xx

    • J

      I’m so sorry, Sarah. Please know you are being prayed for today. Jesus is so worthy to be trusted, sees and feels your hurts and concerns and holds you in His loving arms. May He shower you with overwhelming peace and comfort during this especially vulnerable time.

  • When my world spun around so fast that in a blink of an eye.. my life was changed forever.. i did think of Jesus.. I did think of God.. not for anything good, but in wonder… did He not hear my prayers? Did they not see this young life worthy of living? Did He not see the look of hope dwindling with each day that rolled into the next? Did He not see the heart that was so stretched fear had set in?
    I ranted and I cried.. I accused and I blamed.. I hurled words I had no right to hurl..

    But God..

    Oh, But God…
    He listened to this broken hearted mother who’s life had been set up side down, devastated to a point where hope was lost Forever, it seemed.. where her only thinking was to follow her child cos there was no life to live anymore… heart so broken, pieces could never be put together again… He listened and He loved and He held.. until there was no more ranting and raving… just much needed rest.. then and only then did God speak… in a picture of where my beloved was.. i can tell you now as i cry and tears roll down my cheeks.. i have learnt to trust in Jesus… i have learnt to take Him at His Word… I have learnt to rest on His promises.. and boy is it sweet!
    Life is never easy and this one foot in front of the other, one day at a time journey.. has been made possible because of Jesus.. Precious Jesus, Savoir, Friend… who has walked with me through the thick and the thin.. the lows and the lowest.. to raise me up higher than I could have imagined… to where i am today..
    Life and rest.. joy and peace.. ALL because of Jesus…
    ‘Tis sweet to trust in Jesus…

    Amen..
    Wishing you well with love wrapped hugs and prayers…xx

    • Heather Nistler (MNmomma)

      love and hugs to you Tina <3

    • Lisa

      ❤️

    • Churchmouse

      Your post is raw and beautiful and tears of gratitude are flowing that I have met such a woman as you right here. God is good. Thank you God! Thank you, my friend across the pond. I look forward to that day when we can have tea (you) and coffee (me) together.

    • SusanB

      Tina, Your words are so full of God’s wisdom. In your posts you use But God, quite often. My favorite two words in the Bible. We were dead in our sins, But God! We would be so lost and without hope but for those words. Jesus, our Savior !! Thank you for always sharing your heart!

    • Dorothy

      Tina I too lost a son, mine had just turned 18 when he died, so I know the emotions you have gone through. I also know that had it not been for my trust in Jesus and my trust in God I would not be where I am today. God bless and keep asking Jesus for help during the hard times (especially on the anniversary on his death and his birthday those are my hardest times.)

      • Tina

        Dorothy. I am truly sorry for the loss of your dear son..
        Praying you know His peace and loving arms as you navigate life without him… it’s hard… but God…
        All praise and Glory to Him who holds us each in His loving arms and comforting love..
        Love and hugs to you dear Dorothy…

  • Cathy Housworth

    “How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er”. The one constant in my life has been God’s faithfulness to me despite my rebellion, my heartaches, my circumstances. I can take him at His word and rest upon His promise. My Abba Father….

  • Rachel Johnson

    I needed this today. The sweetness of trusting in Jesus overwhelms me this morning. The past couple days I felt so much grief from the news headlines, especially the many people who drowned on the duck boat in my state of Missouri. I grieve for them, especially the mother who lost her husband and all of her children. I am reminded this morning that trusting in Jesus is everything – especially in our grief.

  • Oh how I needed this today. I am a newly minted single mom. My kiddos dad became an atheist and filed for divorce 4 years ago, and his interest in the kids has been fading. But yesterday evening I got word from him that he’s moving across the country. That’s the short and sweet version – there’s a lot of pain in that. And yet – God’s been so so faithful. I’ve learned to trust in His provision – financially and otherwise. It is sweet to trust in Jesus. He never fails us. {and I’m a dental hygienist and trust me – we all have a sweet tooth! You should see our break room! We just floss and fluoride like crazy}

    • Kelly

      Angela, I’m so sorry to hear the pain you’re going through. Praying that God would protect your and your kiddos hearts and bring healing to your family.

      • Dorothy

        Angela I know what it’s like to be in your shoes. I was divorced when my kids were young. Then when my oldest son died my youngest son lost faith in God and Christ. Andrew, my youngest, was 15 at the time. I have not been able to get him back. So I will be praying for you.

  • Valerie Hines

    This is on of my favorites, I have sung this over my soul so many times reminding myself to Trust Jesus in all circumstances.

    Throughout my life I see my sweet Jesus beckoning me to Trust Him. I thought I had no issues with trusting. As I have gotten older, my 4 boys haven grown into men, and Im now an Oma, I can see TRUST is a constant choice! I choose to trust in spite of what my eyes see, I choose to trust even when my heart is ripped from my chest, i choose to trust when my idea of how life was suppose to look has been completely chattered, i trust!

    I am so thankful my foundation is solid, when the winds of life threaten to tear me apart I can trust my Rock and my shelter! ❤️

  • This song goes so well with our weekly truth. The only way I am able to “rest in God alone” is to trust Him. My prayer today is that I will remember and rest in the sweetness that comes in trusting Jesus. I can take Him at His word. I can rest on His promises. He has been trustworthy in the past. I can trust Him in the future.”

  • perfectly needed today…

  • Reading these words, I couldn’t help but reflect upon my pain and struggles for the last two years. And how incredibly sweet it has been to see my faith deepen as the Lord has provided perspective on what’s truly important. So thankful we are more than what we think of our lives, more than what others think, but we are His beautiful precious daughters. Claiming His promises with joy today!

  • Lizzieb85

    My prayer today is from Hebrews 9:14; that my conscience would be cleansed from dead works so that I can serve the living God.

    This verse stuck out to me today as I head into another season of ministry that will consume most of my time. I do not have the time, energy, resources to spend on “dead works”. ‘Tis so sweet to trust that Jesus will help me in this.

    • Brandi

      Praying for you today as you set about the Father’s business! Knowing He will make the way as you walk the way He has prepared being His hands and His feet!

  • Churchmouse

    “Trust in Jesus.”
    “Take Him at His Word.”
    “Rest upon His promise.”
    “To know ‘Thus saith the Lord.’ ”
    I love that today’s hymn starts with these words in the very first stanza. Trust flows from believing the Word. Believing the Word brings resting on the promises found there. When I’m tested and unsure and questioning, my trust relies on nothing less than the Truth : “thus saith the Lord.” My trust is based solely on what the Bible says. This hymn always encourages me to spend more time knowing the Word. Then I’ll know Him for Who He is : Jesus. Savior. Friend. Now that’s sweet!

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