Because of the measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID19, we aren’t able to meet together – and one of the things we miss is singing together! We are currently working on a project, but in the meantime, we hope these videos help inspire you to keep singing!

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Trust and Obey

Trust and Obey
Written by: John H. Sammis
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“When we walk with the Lord in the light of his word,
what a glory he sheds on our way!
When we do his good will, he abodes 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.”

The Story Behind the Song:
This is such a familiar song for so many of us, especially those of us who grew up in the church and sang this song Sunday, after Sunday. We have sang this song countless times following a great message at the end of worship service, and continued humming this song throughout the following week as a reminder of the message provided by the preacher that day. Most of us can sing this song without reading any sheet music or lyrics, but how many of us have stopped to really understand the power embedded in the words of this song? This song has very powerful lyrics, and you should feel goosebumps, and  your heart should truly be filled with gladness as you sing these words.

Some sources suggest that the author, John H. Sammis, referenced 1 John 1:7 while writing this song.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 (NIV)

Hymnologist Kenneth W. Osbeck cites 1 Samuel 15:22: 
“But Samuel replied:

“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”
1 Samuel 15:22 (NIV)

 Dr. Hawn, a professor of sacred music at Perkins School of Theology explains that, “this hymn was inspired in 1886 when the composer of the music, Daniel B. Towner (1850-1919), was the music leader during one of Dwight L. Moody’s famous revivals. Towner provided the following account cited by Moody’s musical partner, Ira D. Sankey, in his biography, My Life and the Story of the Gospel Hymns:
“Mr. Moody was conducting a series of meetings in Brockton, Massachusetts, and I had the pleasure of singing for him there. One night a young man rose in a testimony meeting and said, ‘I am not quite sure—but I am going to trust, and I am going to obey.’ I just jotted that sentence down, and sent it with a little story to the Rev. J. H. Sammis, a Presbyterian minister. He wrote the hymn, and the tune was born.””

It is believed that Sammis wrote the words of the chorus upon receiving the letter:
“Trust and obey—for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”

These words stood to serve as a theme for this song, and each verse was carefully written to support this theme. The text and tune first appeared in the 1887 collection, Hymns Old and New, and the hymn continues to be included in hymn books  around the globe to this day.

This hymn is concerned with the rewards of trusting God’s word and obeying God’s will.

The ultimate reward, appears in the last verse of this song when we sing: “in fellowship sweet we will sit at his feet.”
(Hawn, 2020)

Which line in this song really resonates with you? Think about this as we sing…

Reference:
C.M. Hawn, 2020, History of hymns: “Trust and obey”, Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church, April 30, 2020, <https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/history-of-hymns-trust-and-obey>

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