Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Trust and Obey

By David Ting

Yesterday, I was attending the seminar by Rev Stephen Thong. In one of his Q&A session when he response to a question is to obey God in order to grow spirituality. He further added that it is not how much we know about God, not how much we read the Bible, how much we sing, how many times we ask the Holy Spirit fo fill in us nor how much we serve. We must obey the written word of God. This is to pursue holiness. Like
what Billy Bright said, "Holiness is not an option for Christian lives".

Following is the hymn which is well know to all... TRUST & OBEY

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

Trust & 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 or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.


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 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.


jacksons said...

These words of Moody;
"The blood (of Christ) alone makes us safe.
The Word (of God) alone makes us sure.
Obedience (to God) makes us happy"
They just cut through the heart dont they?

Anonymous said...

So that's what the rest of the song sounds like. I only know the chorus from children church days. Perhaps you could add an mp3 file so we could hear the tune too?



Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this hymn, it reminds me to "trust and obey, for there's no other way." It's a beautiful hymn with a lovely melody.