TRUST AND OBEY                                                                                      written in 1887

The Story

            When it comes to grocery shopping, the order in which we pick up the items doesn’t really matter. But order is important when it comes to our Christian faith. Our obedience will never save us, nor will it enable us to trust.  In fact, it’s just the opposite; any human effort at obedience in order to earn salvation will only bring frustration. But, when trust comes first, obedience follows naturally… as an act of love.

This hymn was written after an evangelistic meeting, led by Dwight L. Moody, in Brockton, Massachusetts. Daniel Towner (1850-1919) was the song leader that night, and he asked the people present to share how they got saved. Several stood and shared how certain they were of their salvation. But, one young man stood and said, “I am not quite sure, but I am going to trust, and I am going to obey.”

Daniel couldn’t forget that testimony from that young man. He wrote it down and sent it to a friend, John Sammis (1846-1919), who had recently left a career in business to enter the ministry. Daniel asked Sammis to write a hymn text on trusting and obeying. Sammis wrote the chorus first, and then 5 verses. Later, Daniel supplied the tune.

To be happy in Jesus, we need to trust first, and then obey.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – assess whether you are obeying out of trust… or obeying trying to earn trust. Trust must come first!

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.  (Refrain)

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.  (Refrain)

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.(Refrain)

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.(Refrain)

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