Friday, May 16, 2008

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

One of the hymns from my childhood which I still love to sing is 'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus. And what a precious story is behind its writing:

A young wife and mother, Louisa M. R. Stead, wrote it in the days following the tragic death of her husband; they were picnicking with their daughter near the ocean when they heard a drowning boy call for help. As she watched, her husband rushed in to save the boy, but was overcome as well and both drowned.

Mrs. Stead soon moved with her daughter to South Africa, where she served as a missionary for over 25 years. Ill health caused her to retire, and she died in Southern Rhodesia. The missionaries who served with her wrote: "We miss her very much, but her influence goes on as our five thousand native Christians continually sing this hymn in their native language."

Source: Amazing Grace: 365 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions by Kenneth W. Osbeck, (c) 2002

How often God uses our pain to bless others. Reflect on the sweetness of trusting in Him as you listen with me to this beautiful rendition by Casting Crowns:


’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!

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.

Words: Louisa M. R. Snead, 1882
Music: William J. Kirkpatrick,1882

You'll find more songs for your Saturday here!


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Amy Wyatt said...

One of my favorite hymns. I love to hear the stories behind the songs too. Loved this!

Mel's World said...

Linda, it is absolutely beautiful...what a great way for me to end my night. Thank you for the words behind it too!

Earthmommy said...

Such a beautiful hymn, and such a touching story to go with it! Thank you for the uplifting reminder.

Cheryl said...

Some of these older hymms are so great. We don't hear them as much any more. Great pick.

Xandra said...

I had never heard this performance by Casting Crowns...just one more reason to love them!

It's funny, I could not stop singing this hymn last weekend. You know how you get a song stuck in your head and you find yourself whistling or humming it all day long? Well, this was the song for me.

I love reading the stories behind the hynmns, because over and over I see that tragedy and strife brought these Christian men and women closer to the God they loved.


Becoming Me said...

Beautiful, do you know I had this very song on yesterday when I got some bad news?

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

This is a favorite of mine.

I've never heard the story behind the makes the song come to life for me to hear why and how and when it was written! Thanks for sharing!


sara said...

I love this hymn, but didn't know the story behind it. Thank you for sharing that!!

Patty said...

I love contemporary versions of old hymns...Crowns' is great!

Shari said...

It would be so hard to be trusting after such a trauma. How wonderful that she turned to the Lord and to serving Him.

Darlene said...

I have not heard this song in so long. Brings back memories of being a little girl in my home church. I can close my eyes and hear the voices of the people who have gone to be with our Saviour!
Thanks for the reminder.

Jesus, Jesus how I trust him!

Melanie said...

This hymn has always been in my list of favorite hymns and this is an absolutely beautiful arrangement. Perfect listening for a quiet Saturday afternoon.

Susan said...

Oh Linda,

I've always loved this song, but never knew the story behind it!

Tears of joy, I was so touched and I'll think of this precious woman each time I hear this.

Thanks so much for sharing the story with us!!!


Kelley said...

I am so glad you shared the story behind this hymn. It gives a whole new feeling to a song when you know what inspired it. This generation is growing up with a whole new worship experience and I hope they will come to know the importance of these old hymns. This song will be replayed many times in my head today!


Carole said...

I grew up singing this beloved hymn, and we still sing it today in our blended worship. The stories behind the writing of hymns really makes them come alive. Thank you for your music posts, Linda.

Linda said...

I loved Amy Grant's version of this hymn.

SharonB said...

Thank you for sharing the story behind the hymn. This hymn has always been one that I sing the chorus to when I'm needing it....

Liza's Eyeview said...

Thank you. I love hymns - they lift our spirit and glorify God.

Cheri said...

What a song that stands the test of time! It's a lullaby to sing to our little ones.

I just love Casting Crowns!

Anonymous said...

Love this. You are such a wealth of great information! It's one of the things I love about you!


Jenifer said...

I love the old hymns. I wish we sand them more often. I had not heard the story behind this hymns writing. Our God is always faithful; we can trust Him through thick and thin.

Thanks for sharing.

Christina said...

So pretty. What a beautiful rendition. Who better else but Casting Crowns to do it justice.