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Updated 06/04/2013


Only Trust Him

The words and music to “Only Trust Him” were written by John Hart Stockton (1813-1877).  Stockton converted at a Meth­od­ist camp meet­ing in Pauls­bo­ro, New Jer­sey, Stock­ton was or­dained in 1832, and served in the New Jer­sey Con­fer­ence of the Meth­od­ist Epis­co­pal Church.

The refrain was written by Ira Sankey (1840-1908).  As a young man, Sankey served in the Amer­i­can Civ­il War. He of­ten helped the un­it chap­lain and led his fel­low sol­diers in hymn sing­ing. Af­ter the war, he joined the In­ter­nal Re­ve­nue Ser­vice, and al­so worked with the Young Men’s Christ­ian As­so­ci­a­tion (YMCA). He be­came well known as a Gos­pel sing­er, and even­tu­al­ly came to the at­ten­tion of evan­gel­ist Dwight Ly­man Moody. The two men met at a YMCA con­ven­tion in In­di­an­a­po­lis, In­di­ana, in June, 1870. Some months lat­er, Sankey at­tend­ed his first evan­gel­is­tic meet­ing with Moody, and re­signed from gov­ern­ment ser­vice short­ly there­af­ter.

In Oc­to­ber 1871, Sankey and Moo­dy were in the mid­dle of a re­viv­al meet­ing when the Great Chi­ca­go Fire be­gan. The two men bare­ly es­caped the con­fla­gra­tion with their lives. Sank­ey end­ed up watch­ing the ci­ty burn from a row­boat far out on Lake Mi­ch­i­ganSankey com­posed about 1,200 songs in his life­time. He was blind from glau­co­ma the last five years of his life, and no doubt found a kin­dred spir­it in his friend and mu­sic mak­ing part­ner Fan­ny Cros­by.

Ira Sankey

Lyrics by John Stockton


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.