Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. John 14:1
Words: John H. Stockton, Salvation Melodies No. 1 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Perkinpine & Higgins, 1874).
If you know where to get a good photo of Stockton (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
While on the way to England with Mr. Moody in 1873, one day in mid-ocean, as I was looking over a list of hymns in my scrap-book, I noticed one commencing,Come every soul by sin oppressed…
Believing that these words had been so often sung that they were hackneyed, I decided to change them and tell how to come to Jesus by substituting the words,Only trust him.In this form it was first published in “Sacred Songs and Solos” in London.
While holding meetings in Her Majesty’s Theater in Pall Mall, London, and singing this hymn, I thought I would change the chorus again, and asked the people to singI will trust Him…
When as we sang I decided to change it once more, and asked them to singI do trust him.God blessed this rendering of the hymn to eight persons present, who testified afterward that by the change they were led to accept salvation.
I am much interested in sacred songs,writes a missionary in England,because it was the first verse ofOnly Trust Himthat opened the door of my heart to let the Master into my soul in all His fullness.
I was in the army, and found my way to the Woolwich Soldiers’ Home, where I heard the Gospel; and for a fortnight I was groping in the dark for peace, when one evening I heard the singing ofOnly Trust Him,which brought light into my soul.
I have ever since been happy, serving Him with my whole heart. I am now a missionary to my comrades.
Sankey, pp. 212–14
Come, every soul by sin oppressed;
There’s mercy with the Lord,
And He will surely give you rest
By trusting in His Word.
Only trust Him, only trust Him,
Only trust Him now;
He will save you, He will save you,
He will save you now.
For Jesus shed His precious blood
Rich blessings to bestow;
Plunge now into the crimson flood
That washes white as snow.
Yes, Jesus is the truth, the way,
That leads you into rest;
Believe in Him without delay
And you are fully blessed.
Come, then, and join this holy band,
And on to glory go
To dwell in that celestial land
Where joys immortal flow.
O Jesus, blessèd Jesus, dear,
I’m coming now to Thee;
Since Thou hast made the way so clear
And full salvation free.