I was blessed with the privilege to travel to another church this Sunday. Since I am the pastoral intern it is not always easy to travel from my local church, but this Sunday I was invited to attend another church. A man that has been going to my local church was invited to preach at this church and he, in turn, invited me to come with. This church was the same church I preached at on Wednesday night, so some of the faces were familiar. What a blessing it was though to hear the Word being taught faithfully!
One of the hymns we sang this morning was Trust and Obey. I cannot tell you how long it has been since I sang that song! Probably not since Sunday School many years ago… Anyways, what a great song! I forgot about this little treasure in the hymnal! Here is a little back story.
“This hymn was inspired by a story from one of Dwight L. Moody’s evangelistic meetings, held in Brockton, Massachusetts, in the mid-1880’s, where Daniel B. Towner heard a young man say “I am not quite sure – but I am going to trust, and I am going to obey.” Towner wrote down that sentence, and sent it, with the story about the young man, to a Presbyterian minister named John H. Sammis, who wrote the refrain and then the stanzas of this hymn (Ira Sankey, My Life and the Story of the Gospel Hymn, 1907, p. 326). It was published, along with Towner’s tune, in Hymns Old and New in 1887.” – Hymnary.org
What a joy it is to follow God and to obey all he requires! His commands do not bring shackles of slavery, but freedom to live the abundant life!