Trust And Obey

Lyrics: John H. Sammis
Music: Daniel B. Towner

This hymn was written in 1887 by John H. Sammis. He wrote a poem based on the phrase “Trust and Obey” and sent it to Towner who wrote the music for it. This phrase “Trust and Obey” is based on a testimony heard by D. L. Moody during a meeting – “I am not quite sure – but I am going to trust, and I am going to obey”.

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet.
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way.
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.

Hymnpod episodes will resume on 14 Jun 2009, as I will be attending a church camp from 10-13 Jun 2009. God Bless.

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3 Responses to “Trust And Obey”

  1. Shari Walter says:

    This is one of my favorites. Also the first song I played for our church congregation with them singing with me. I always go back to this one when I need something I know really well.

    Have fun at camp! I love to hear your playing — keep up the good work!


  2. matt says:

    Hymn seems to base our blessings on our faith and obedience. Seems exactly opposite to the message of grace. We are blessed by Christ’s faith and obedience. We are receivers of blessings by His grace…not our faith or obedience.
    Even if you grant that your obedience is rewarded in various ways…isn’t it in the end a man centered hymn?

    • admin says:

      I believe that Salvation is by grace, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no other way. Once saved, we are blessed when we trust and obey the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ. I think different hymns highlight different doctrines and perspectives.

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