READ: Psalm 9:19 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
I grew up in church singing the older hymns and have to be honest - even though I love the modern worship songs, some of those older hymns sure do mean a lot to me! I love the stories behind them. The writers often suffered severe hardship but maintained an even greater faith.
One of these great faith stories is behind the writing of the song "Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus". According to the story - on a beautiful sunny day, Louisa Stead, her husband, and her daughter Lily decided to go for a picnic on Long Island South along the water banks. While having their picnic, they heard a young boy crying for help from the water. Mr. Stead ran into the water to try to rescue the boy, but he too drowned in the rescue endeavor.
With no means of making an income, Mrs. Stead and her daughter Lily became very poor and destitute. Louisa Stead learned that God was her provider and He would never leave her. Somehow, someway, the provisions would come and they made it through the hard times! Through this hardship, Louisa penned the beautiful song that has since touched millions of lives. The Stead Family story ends with Louisa and Lily moving to South Africa and becoming missionaries.
Louisa Stead's faith in God to see her through was strong and evidenced by the words she penned:
’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And 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!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!
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.
What about you? When you are faced with trials and temptations, do you TRUST that He WILL SEE YOU THROUGH? He is as ever-present in our lives today as he was in Louisa's and Lily's back in the 1800's. The Word of God tells us that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Trust Him - right in the midst of the problem. Trust Him to provide and see you through!