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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
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 Michigan.
Sankey 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.
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
I’m coming now to Thee;
Since Thou hast made the way so clear
And full salvation free.