When I became pregnant with my first child I started praying that all my children would grow up in love with the Word of God and seek Him first in all their ways. When they were little I used to tuck them in to bed and sing this hymn to them: Trust and Obey.
D.L. Moody, an evangelist in the 1800’s was quoted as saying the formula for a successful Christian life is this:
The blood alone makes us safe –
The Word alone makes us sure –
But obedience alone makes us happy.
Daniel B. Towner, the music composer for this hymn used to lead music for D.L. Moody’s revivals and at one service, a young man stood up and said, “I am not quite sure – but I am going to trust, and I am going to obey.” He wrote that line down and sent it to his friend, John H. Sammis, a Prebyterian minister, who took inspiration from the story of this young man and wrote the words to this hymn. Daniel Towner wrote the melody.
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.
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 nor a fear, Not a sigh nor a tear, Can abide while we trust and obey. [Refrain]
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 blest if we trust and obey. [Refrain]
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. [Refrain]
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. [Refrain]
Psalm 119 tells us that God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (119:105).
Trust Him, Trust His Word. Trust and Obey.