Trusting Jesus

Edgar States 1836-1924

This is an American hymn whose author was a direct descendent of John Howland a passenger on the Mayflower. He served in the Civil War, was a riverboat captain and became a missionary to help frontier churches in South Dakota.

The hymn was written as a poem that appeared in a newspaper. It was given to D.LO. Moody and set to music by Ira Sankey.  It was a favorite hymn or Dr. W.B. Riley whose preaching helped instill a love for the Word of God in Billy Graham.

From the book Crusader Hymns Billy Graham writes, “I have often emphasized that becoming a Christian is more than “making a decision” to live a better life or attend church more regularly. When by faith we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior something supernatural takes place.  He comes to dwell in our hearts, and gives us his own separated life – eternal life.  We all remember the words in Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace are you saved through faith. “ But too many people forget Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith.”  This is the secret of living the Christian life – everyday faith- simply trusting every day.”


1. Simply trusting every day,
Trusting through a stormy way;
Even when my faith is small,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Trusting as the moments fly,
Trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er befall,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

2. Brightly doth His Spirit shine
Into this poor heart of mine;
While He leads I cannot fall;
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

3. Singing if my way is clear,
Praying if the path be drear;
If in danger for Him call;
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

4. Trusting Him while life shall last,
Trusting Him till earth be past;
Till within the jasper wall,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

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