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~Trust and Obey


       The music for this song was composed by D. B. Towner, the first director of music at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. 

       The inspiration for the hymn’s writing came in 1886 during and occasion when Towner was leading singing for D. L. Moody in Brockton, Massachusetts.  In a testimony service, he heard a young man say, “I am not quite sure – but I am going to trust, and I am going to obey.”

       Towner jotted down the words and sent them to his friend J. H. Sammis, a Presbyterian minister, who developed the idea into a full hymn. 

       The refrain came first – it is a capsule version of the entire song – and the verse later.

       D. L. Moody said in one occasion:  “The blood (of Christ) alone makes us safe. The Word (of God) alone makes us sure.  Obedience (to God) makes us happy.”

—Cliff Barrows



Trust and Obey[1]

1           When we walk with the Lord

In the light of his Word,

What a glory be sheds on our way!

While we do his good will,

He abides with as still,

And with all who will trust and obey.

Chorus  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.

3           Not a burden we bear,

Not a sorrow we share,

But our toil he doth richly repay;

Not a grief nor a loss,

Not a frown nor a cross,

But is blest 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,

And the joy be bestows

Are for all 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 be says we will do,

Where be Sends we will go,

Never fear, only trust and obey.


[1]Eckert, Paul, Steve Green’s MIDI Hymnal, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.) 1998.






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