November 21, 2014

Trust and Obey

Friday's Thought:

I've been thinking a lot lately of a song I loved as a little girl. It was called 'Trust and Obey.'

There was a freedom in those words.

No striving to be good enough, no doing it all yourself, but simply surrendering and trusting the Lord and obeying His Word with His help.

That's what being a born again Christian really is, surrendering all in trust and obedience to the One who has your back. The One who has removed your sin as far as the east is from the west, the One who will never leave you or forsake you, the One whose love is like no other.

"But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You."    Psalm 5:11

"As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us."    Psalm 103:12
"Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”    Heb. 13:5

"In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins."    1 John 4:10

Here's Big Daddy Weave's version of the song:

Trust and 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 blest 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,
  And 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.

John H. Sammis (1846-1919)

A Little History:

In 1887, just following an evangelistic meeting held by Dwight L. Moody, a young man stood to share his story in an after-service testimony meeting. As he was speaking, it became clear to many that he knew little about the Bible or acceptable Christian doctrine. His closing lines, however, spoke volumes to seasoned and new believers alike: "I'm not quite sure. But I'm going to trust, and I'm going to obey."

Daniel Towner was so struck by the power of those simple words that he quickly jotted them down, then delivered them to John Sammis, who developed the lyrics to Trust and Obey. Towner composed the music and the song quickly became a favorite. It remains popular with hymn singers today. 

*Note: This history was shared from the Share Faith website.


  1. I love this song and didn't know the history of it. Thank you for sharing this info with me and other followers.

    Have a blessed weekend, Liuba x

  2. Trust is always an issue. It's a challenge when you don't see how things will work out to do what you are supposed to.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts Heidi.

      God bless. : )

  3. I've loved that hymn/song for YEARS. It's such a treat to know that our Father is allowing us to turn to Him over and over again, and the sins are rejected from us over time. I was such a significantly sinful kid and He truly broke into my life when I was 20, and April 15, '15 it will be 49 years. I often say that if He had not broken in, I would have been dead long ago from extreme alcohol, violence, or suicide. Now I've been a missionary, a church helper, a traveler re: prayer walking and dealing with significant historical issues that the Lord will break through as we lift it up. I am a very blessed daughter of His. Can hardly wait to see Him, face-to-face. Thank you.

    1. Beautiful testimony. Thank-you for sharing here.

      And I look forward to seeing the Lord face-to-face too!

  4. I love Big Daddy Weave AND I love that sweet old hymn, Trust and Obey - I've sung it many times to my grandkids! Thank you for these sweet shares for Spiritual Sunday.

    1. I just discovered Big Daddy Weave's rendition and love it. Thanks for stopping by Kaye!

  5. I will trust and I will obey. Thank you for sharing this song. I haven't heard of it until now, can you believe that?! :P

    1. Glad I could share it with you. It's one of my favorite hymns.

  6. I love that song - two simple words, but so full of depth! I miss singing it :)

    1. It's a beautiful song. I love the words too.


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