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“Only Trust Him!” Are You Trusting Christ Alone for Your Soul's Eternal Salvation?

“Only Trust Him!”

“The History Behind the Hymn”

Please enjoy the “Gospel” as found in the “The History Behind the Hymn.” Brought to you by The Duke Consulting Group who sponsors The Inverted Christian web blog found at It features the works of Dr. Roger D Duke. Please stop by to see and read our latest blogs. The web page is updated bi-weekly.

“Only Trust Him!”

Many stirring hymns were written during the times of Dwilght L Moody and Ira Sankey of the Revivals of the1800s. Revival hymns were an integral part of that time in American History. After there was a “stem winder” sermon by the evangelist, the “song leader” would encourage the people to come forward and receive Christ as Lord and Savior. These hymns were most simple and spoke directly to the people’s heart need of conversion.

John H. Stockton wrote this hymn in 1869. Sankey, Moody’s song leader remembered: "While on the way to England with Mr. Moody in 1873, one day in mid-ocean, as I was looking over a list of hymns in my scrapbook, I noticed one commencing, Come every soul by sin oppressed. Believing that these words had been so often sung that they were hackneyed, I decided to change them and tell how to come to Jesus by substituting the words, only trust Him. In this form it was first published in London. While holding meetings in Her Majesty's Theater in Pall Mall, London, and singing this hymn, I thought I would change the chorus again, and asked the people to sing, I will trust Him. Then as we sang, I decided to change it once more and asked them to sing I do trust Him. God blessed this rendering of the hymn to eight persons present who testified afterward that by the change they were all led to accept salvation." (Source: ).

Stockton became a licensed Presbyterian minister but later became a Methodist at a camp-meeting. His ministry was cut short by an illness in 1874 and later death in 1877. Of all the hymns that he wrote this remains the only one popular to today.


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. (Refrain)

Come, then, and join this holy band, and on to glory go

to dwell in that celestial land where joys immortal flow. (Refrain)

O Jesus, blessed Jesus, dear, I’m coming now to Thee;

since Thou hast made the way so clear and full salvation free. (Refrain)

Now you know the “History Behind the Hymn!”

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