"TRUSTING JESUS, THAT IS ALL"
"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth…" (Eph. 1.13)
INTRO.: A song which encourage us to trust in Jesus and listen to His word of truth which is the gospel of our salvation is "Trusting Jesus, That Is All" (#378 in Sacred Selections for the Church). The text was written by Edgar Page Stites (1836-1921). It was first printed in a newspaper, probably in 1876, which was handed to the famous revival evangelist Dwight L. Moody. Stites, often using the penname Edgar Page, produced texts for several gospel songs, the best know of which is probably "Beulah Land." The tune (Trusting Jesus or Simply Trusting) was composed by Ira David Sankey (1840-1908). He was given the newspaper clipping by Moody and asked to set the poem to music. The song with both words and melody was first published in Sankey’s 1876 Gospel Songs No. 2. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, it appeared in the 1937 Great Songs of the Church No. 2 edited by E. L. Jorgenson. Today, it may be found in the 1986 Great Songs Revised edited by Forrest M. McCann; and the 1992 Praise for the Lord edited by John P. Wiegand; in addition to Sacred Selections.
The song points out that in all situations and circumstances in life, we must trust in Jesus.
I. Stanza 1 tells us to trust Him when we are in a storm
"Simply trusting every day, Trusting through a stormy way,
Even when my faith is small, Trusting Jesus, that is all."
A. For one who wants to please God, every day should be a day of trusting the Lord: Ps. 37.5
B. Some of those days are stormy, filled with various tribulations and trials which we must meet: Acts 14.22, Jas. 1.2
C. However, we must trust Jesus during those times, even when our faith seems small like that of the apostles during the storm on Galilee: Matt. 8.23-27
II. Stanza 2 tells us to trust Him when we need to be led
"Brightly doth His Spirit shine Into this poor heart of mine;
While He leads I shall not fall, Trusting Jesus, that is all."
A. While the scriptures do not teach that the Holy Spirit dwells in the Christian in some miraculous or even necessarily direct way, the Spirit does shine into our hearts and dwell within us through the word that He revealed: Eph. 5.18-19, Col. 3.16
B. Thus, as we journey through this life we understand that both Christ and His Spirit dwell in our hearts by faith: Eph. 3.17
C. And when we show our trust in walking by faith, following the teachings of Christ in the scriptures, we are being led by the Spirit:
III. Stanza 3 tells us to trust Him when things are well and when things are dark
"Singing if my way is clear, Praying if the path be drear;
If in danger, for Him call, Trusting Jesus, that is all."
A. When the way is clear and our hearts are merry, we can sing psalms: Jas. 5.13
B. When the path is dreary, we can put anxiety aside and by prayer and supplication make our requests known to God so that we can have His peace: Phil. 4.6-7
C. When we find ourselves in any danger, we can come before the throne of Christ and call on Him for grace to help in time of need: Heb. 4.14-16
IV. Stanza 4 tells us to trust Him when it comes time to depart this life
"Trusting Him while life shall last, Trusting Him till earth be past,
Till within the jasper wall, Trusting Jesus, that is all."
A. We can trust in the Lord while life shall last, knowing that it is appointed for us to die once and after that the judgment: Heb. 9.27
B. We can trust Him till earth is past, knowing that He will come and the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up: 2 Pet. 3.10
C. We can trust Him even until we have been ushered within the jasper wall of the eternal city: Rev. 21.10-14
CONCL.: The chorus continues the admonition to trust the Lord at all times.
"Trusting as the moments fly, Trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er befall, Trusting Jesus, that is all."
Some have objected to the idea of "simply trusting" because they feel that it sounds too much like "faith only." But when understood in the context, it is exhorting us not to be fearing, not to be doubting, but to be simply "Trusting Jesus, That Is All."