“Only Trust In Jesus”

“Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you” (Jn. 15:14)

     INTRO.:  A song which identifies Jesus as a friend to those who trust Him is “Only Trust in Jesus.”  The text was written by Miss Pauline Sadler.  I have been able to locate no further information on this author.  The tune was composed by Baylus Benjamin McKinney (1886-1952).  The song was copyrighted in 1925 by Robert H. Coleman and first published in The Modern Hymnal of 1926 edited by Coleman.  McKinney is perhaps best remembered as the author and composer of “God Give Us Christian Homes.”  Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, “Only Trust in Jesus” appeared in the 1935 Christian Hymns (No. 1) edited by L. O. Sanderson.

     The song mentions several specific instances where we must make sure that we trust in Jesus.

I. Stanza 1 refers to times when the way is dark and dreary
“When your way is dark and dreary, And your path would lead astray,
If you’ll only trust in Jesus, He will guide you all the way.”
 A. The way of life is often dark and dreary due to the trials and tribulations that we face: Acts 14:22
 B. As a result, the devil wants to use such things to lead us astray: 2 Cor. 11:3
 C. However, if we trust in Jesus, He will guide us: Ps. 32:8

II. Stanza 2 refers to times when our hearts are sad and lonely
“When your heart is sad and lonely, And your grief is hard to bear,
If you’ll only trust in Jesus, He will all your sorrows share.”
 A. Many times we find that our hearts are sad and lonely due to disappointments, as were the two disciples on the road to Emmaus: Lk. 24:17
 B. At such times, it may seem as if our burdens are hard to bear with their grief: 1 Pet. 2:19
 C. However, if we trust Jesus, He will share our sorrows as we cast our burdens on Him: Ps. 55:22

III. Stanza 3 refers to times of temptation
“Though temptations come upon you, Calling, calling day by day,
If you’ll only trust in Jesus, You can never go astray.”
 A. As long as we live on this earth, temptations will come upon us: Jas. 1:14-15
 B. They will come calling, calling day by day because the devil, as a roaring lion, goes about seeking whom he may devour: 1 Pet. 5:8
 C. However, if we trust Jesus, He will help us so that we need never go astray: 1 Cor. 10:13

IV. Stanza 4 refers to that time when our lives on earth are over
“When your work on earth is over, And you reach the river wide,
Christ the Savior will go with you, He will bear you o’er the tide.”
 A. Someday our work on earth will be over as we face the appointment of death: Heb. 9:27
 B. Reaching the river is a symbol taken from the Israelites’ crossing the Jordan River into the promised land: Josh. 3:14
 C. However, if we trust Jesus, He will go with us and bear us over the tide into our eternal rest: Heb. 4:8-10

     CONCL.:  The chorus reminds us that whether in joy or sorrow, Jesus will go with us and be our Friend:
“He’ll go with you, He’ll go with you, He’ll go with you to the end;
In your joy or in your sorrow, He will be your dearest Friend.”
Every life will have its ups and downs.  However, I personally cannot imagine the utter despair and pessimism involved in trying to live life, especially during the “down” times, without the help and encouragement of my Lord.  Therefore, I am determined that no matter what happens, I will “Only Trust in Jesus.”


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