Trust and Obey

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

 

  1. 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.
    • Refrain:
      Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
      To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

I can tell you how I felt when I lost my parents and my two siblings, I cannot tell you want it is like to lose a child.  Today – friends of mine and my children, lost their son, Adam.  He was only 22 years old.  The lost will be tremendous.  We can only trust and obey that someday we all will be together again.

John H. Sammis wrote the hymn – Trust and Obey.  

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John H. Sammis (1846-1919), gave up his life as a businessman and part-time YMCA worker to study for the ministry. He was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1880 and then served at several pastorates. In his later years, Sammis taught at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles.

The story behind the story:  

One night at a Dwight L. Moody evangelistic meeting in Brockton, Massachusetts, a young man stood up to testify about his confidence of salvation.  He said, “I am not quite sure,” meaning that he wasn’t really certain that God would save him from his sins –– and then he continued, “But I’m going to trust, and I’m going to obey” –– meaning that he planned to trust God for his salvation and to do what he could to obey God’s will.

 

“I’m going to trust, and I’m going to obey.”  Daniel Towner was the song leader for that meeting.  He was so impressed by the young man’s testimony that he wrote down those words and stuck them in his pocket.  Later, he wrote a friend, John Sammis.  In his letter, he told about the young man’s testimony and included the young man’s words:  “I am not quite sure, but I’m going to trust, and I’m going to obey.”

 

Sammis quickly transformed those words into a hymn chorus:  “Trust and obey, For there’s no other way To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey.” Soon he had five stanzas to go with the chorus, and he sent them to Towner, who composed the tune that we still sing today.

 

When I read that story, I thought about the young man whose quiet, spontaneous testimony inspired a hymn that has meant so much to millions of people all over the world.  No one knows his name.  I seriously doubt that the young man ever knew that his testimony had borne fruit. 

 

I find that encouraging, because it reminds me that God can use every faithful word that we utter and every faithful deed that we do in ways beyond our imagining.  I believe that, when we get to heaven, God will show us how much he has done with the little deeds and kindnesses that we have long since forgotten.

 

“I’m going to trust, and I’m going to obey.”  I can’t think of a better life-plan than that.

 

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