John Stockton was 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 Episcopal Church.
The following is an account of this hymn by Ira Sankey: 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 scrap-book, 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 “Sacred Songs and Solos” 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 led to accept salvation.
Lyrics and Music: John H. 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.
This is a popular hymn which can be sung in the Chinese language also.