Learning to Lean on Jesus

This gospel song about trusting in Jesus was written by American evangelical pastor and southern-gospel composer  John Stallings (b 1938).

The chorus was written first:  It is based on a similar idea as Hoffman and Showalter’s Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, which was based on Deut. 33:27.  Following popular acclaim for the chorus, Stalling wrote several verses to go with it. Copyright for the entire song was first registered in 1976 by Bridge Building Music, Inc.   A number of artists have recorded it, including the Blackwood Brothers.

The the first recording of the song stayed on the American Gospel charts for 18 months, and won Nashville's Dove award in 1977.

Books where it was published include
  • Praise! Our Songs and Hymns (Singspiration, 1979), 
  • Hymns of Faith, Tabernacle Publishing Company, Carol Stream, Illonois, USA, 1980
  • Favorites Number 9 (Singspiration, 1981).
  • Zion Still Sings, Abingdon Press, Nashville,USA, 2007
  • One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: an African American ecumenical hymnal - GIA Publications, Chicago, USA, 2018.
and separate sheet music is available from several sources - links below.

It is set to an unnamed tune, also by Stallings. This has a 3/4 time signature. In the key of G, the first few notes are A B B_ c B A G_ E G_ with accompanying chords  G / G7 / C.





Downloads



Examples

Quartet with country-band:



Professional recording with on-screen lyrics and floral background:



Quartet with band:



Soloist with band - concert style performance:



Instrumental - electronic organ:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
1. The joy I can't explain filled my soul ...

Chorus:
Learning to lean, learning to lean,
I'm learning to lean on Jesus.
Finding more power than I've ever dreamed,
I'm learning to lean on Jesus.

2. Sad broken hearted, at an altar I knelt ....

3. There's a glorious victory, each day now for me ....

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1. The joy I can't explain filled my soul
The day I made Jesus my king.
His Blessed Holy Spirit is leading my way,
He's teaching and I'm learning to lean.

Chorus:
Learning to lean,
Learning to lean,
I'm learning to lean on Jesus.
Finding more power than I've ever dreamed,
I'm learning to lean on Jesus.

2. Sad broken hearted, at an alter I knelt.
I found peace that was so serene.
And all that He asks is a child like trust,
And a heart that is learning to lean.

3. There's a glorious victory, each day now for me.
I've found peace so serene.
He helps me with each task, If I'll only ask.
Everyday now I'm learning to lean.

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