Trust and Obey was written by Daniel Towner. Towner was a musical director for many large churches in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. He also wrote and compiled many hymns into hymnbooks for churches. Towner died in Missouri at the age of 69.
The writing of Trust and Obey is quite interesting. The story goes that Mr. Towner was at a crusade of Dwight L. Moody’s. A young man was saved there and when he got up to speak, it was obvious that he didn’t know a lot about God and His ways. When he finished though, he ended with these words, “I’m not quite sure-but I’m going to trust, and I’m going to obey.”
Mr. Towner promptly wrote down these words and turned them into a hymn.
Trust and Obey is one of the more instructional hymns that you can learn. By this, I mean that the words of this hymn are a great reminder of how we are to act and behave as Christians. Every day as we grow as Christians, we must learn to Trust and Obey the Lord more and more! Have fun learning this one!
(To sing this song, you sing first a verse and then the refrain throughout the whole song.)
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 bare, 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!
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!
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.