Hymn written by John Sammis
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 nor a fear, Not a sigh nor a tear,
Can abide while we 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.
At a Dwight L. Moody evangelistic meeting in Brockton, MA, a man testified and said, “I’m not quite sure, but I’m going to trust and I’m going to obey.”
Daniel Towner, the song leader, was quite impressed by this testimony and wrote down the words. Later he wrote to John Sammis, a Presbyterian minister, and told him about this testimony. Sammis wrote these words (trust and obey), added some of his own, and sent them back to Towner who composed the music. In the process of writing the music, he became discouraged and threw it in the wastebasket. His wife discovered it and encouraged her husband to work on it again telling him “it was just what was needed to carry the message.”
Dr. Towner became head of the music department at Moody Bible Institute, and wrote the music for many of our favorite hymns including “My Anchor Holds”.
It’s interesting how a testimony was eventually turned into a song that has a profound message for us today. I Samuel 15:22 tells us obedience is better than sacrifice. The sacrificial system was never intended to function in place of living an obedient life, but was rather to be an expression of it. Micah 6:6 “And what does the Lord require of you, But to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God”. (From the John MacArthur Study Bible).