This old song was written in 1882 by Louisa Stead and William Kirkpatrick. It has been said that Stead wrote the lyrics after her husband drown. Out of grief and sorrow came lyrics that inspire. As I prepare for this week’s service on God’s will for our lives – I have learned that God calls us to know Him and then to obey Him. God knows that it is quintessential that we trust Him in order to do His will. This perhaps is why he doesn’t “lay the plan out” or “put in writing” the exact steps of our lives. If we knew all of the plans He had for us – we wouldn’t have to exercise trust. Rather, He wants us to trust Him so that we can know Him and obey Him. As the first verse says; it is so wonderful to rest upon His promise.
On a side note, Stead also included another key component of doing God’s will and that is to remove sin and self. When we actively pursue this removal we have less that separates us from God. Consequently, we are closer to Him and our relationship with Jesus grows deeper.
So I pray this song as a hope: O Lord – I cry out to You – Please pour down Your grace so that I can trust you more. For I long to know You – I long to rest in Your promise and do Your will. Amen
‘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 Thee
How I 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 self and sin to cease
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace
I’m so glad I learned to trust Him
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend
And I know that Thou art with me
Wilt be with me to the end.