“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” John 14:1 (NIV)
The following hymn is one of my favorites from childhood. I was always glad to see it listed in the Sunday church bulletin the ushers used to hand out as we entered the sanctuary.
Today, this song helps me to remember just how much I need to “Let Go and Let God” actually be ‘Lord of my life’. For there is nothing in this world that I can trust to truly fill me and sustain me. I know this, because I walked for 30-years in a barren wilderness, denying my need of His love and comfort. Several times I nearly died in the process, but He was always with me, watching over me and protecting me from myself. He knew the only way I would learn to trust in Him, was to let me discover for myself just how lost and alone I truly was; and how insufficient was my self-sufficiency.
Therefore, when I consider the words of this marvelous old hymn, I can’t help but tear-up with gratitude beyond measure, each time the chorus comes around.
Jesus, Jesus, how I love Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! Oh for grace to trust Him more!
‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word.
Just to rest upon His promise, Just to know “Thus saith the Lord.”
Oh how sweet to trust in Jesus, just to trust His cleansing blood.
Just in simple faith to plunge me ‘neath the healing, cleansing flood!
Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus, just from sin and self to cease.
Just from Jesus simply taking, life and rest and joy and peace.
I’m so glad I learned to trust Him; precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that He is with me, will be with me to the end.