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Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

"Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus" was written by Louisa M. R. Stead, after the tragic death of her husband in 1882.

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The Story Behind The Hymn “Tis So Sweet”

This song is a window for us into a deep relationship. Louisa M. R. Stead’s poem is about a person very dear to her. She had trusted him again in desperation, and he had not failed, because he never fails. He had brought food to her hungry destitute home and joy once again to her heart.

She had no husband; he had died before her eyes years earlier. And she had a little girl she struggled to provide for. But Louisa M. R. Stead knew . . . 

by Bibles.net

Theme Verse
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation."
Isaiah 12:2 NIV

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The History of Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

Louisa M. R. Stead witnessed the death of her husband on a beach in Long Island, New York, as he tried to save a drowning boy.
Lyrics Written
Louisa M. R. Stead (1850-1917) wrote the poem "Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus."
Music Composition
William Kirkpatrick composed music for Louisa’s lyrics and the hymn “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” was published later the same year.
As a widow with one child, Louisa moved to South Africa as a missionary. She got married there.
Poor health forced Louisa to move back to America.
Louisa and her husband became missionaries to Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe) and remained there until her death in 1917.
The Larkin Sisters produced the first professional recording of the hymn.
At the height of its popularity, “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” appeared in half of hymnals worldwide.
The Story Behind the Song
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Where Did “Tis So Sweet” Come From and What Does It Say?

by C. Michael Hawn at Discipleship Ministries


Our fathers
in You;

They trusted,
and You delivered them.

Psalm 22:4 NKJV
Article: 5 Min

Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

by Robert Cottrill at Wordwise Hymns


Few delights can equal
the mere presence of
one whom we
trust utterly.


We trusted God,
and he has not failed us.

PSALM 119:102-103 NIV

I have not departed from your laws,
for you yourself have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!


Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Article: 5 Min

The Life of Composer William J. Kirkpatrick

by Christian History Institute

Article: 7 Min

Oh For Grace to Trust Jesus More

by Greg Morse at Desiring God


in the Lord
with all your heart.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
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