I remember being a child and sporadically attending a small church in the hills of Southern West Virginia. It was the late 70’s, and most of the men wore sideburns. The church’s oak pews contained no padding or cushions. Daylight flooded the sanctuary during worship; the interior of the church was never dark. It was a simple time, but worship in the church was extraordinary. Men, women, and children often belted out ’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus. The song was always engaged with passion.
Going forward a few decades, ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus would become my song of repentance and salvation. The simple hymn’s theme is Jesus. It proclaims His name twenty-five times (counting refrains). The lyrics remind me of my trust in Christ because He cleansed me with His blood…and they prompt me to be cognizant of the flood that His mercy brings..the flood that submerges me in hope. When all else fails and nothing is left, there is always Jesus. Only He matters.
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