“Trust and Obey”
When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, it is ready to climb.
(Patañjali was Philosopher and a revered compiler of Yoga Sutras)
“Trust and Obey” was one of my favorite songs growing up. I do not know if it was because its lyrics tell us what we reap when we trust in God and obey His word, or if it was because the rhythm was a bit more joyous than so many hymns which, to my mind anyway, seemed so mournfully opposite from the celebratory praise I thought we should be heaping on God by our singing. I suppose some of that comes from the more staid attitude that was the heart of the Methodist Church of the 50’s and 60’s. And even today, it is an attitude that colors, to some degree, the way I am most comfortable sharing God’s message. I prefer a more “to the point” and a less “up front and in your face” method of conveying what it is I want to say. The funny thing, though, seems to be, that the more I write, the more charismatic my approach seems to become, in how I express my faith.
How do you express your faith? In fact, is there a measure for knowing whether we even have faith or understand what faith is? Well, unfortunately, it’s not like the tests we all take, that are the means by which we measure whether or not we have become accomplished in the thing we are attempting. For example, people take a test in school to measure the extent of their learning and to determine whether or not they are ready to move ahead to the next level. People even take a test to determine their skill before we give them a driver’s license! However, God does not measure our faith-based on man’s standards.
God measures the degree of our faith by His standards. Just think about the words of the hymn I love so much. He looks to the degree with which we choose to trust in His decisions for our lives and then He also looks at the choices we make in obeying His directives as we live! Man measures accomplishments by feelings, and emotions even before he weighs the choices that are available to him. But God does no such thing. God looks to the depth of our obedience in the same way He looked at Abraham when he told him to go and make a sacrifice of his son to prove that he accepted that God’s decisions were what would be best under all circumstances. And Abraham nearly made that painful sacrifice of his son, when God stopped him saying, “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” (Genesis 22:12 NIV).
Yes, all God wants is for us to “Trust and Obey”. And if you show the same faith in Him that Abraham did all those many years ago, you will receive the same gift from Him that Abraham did. No, you may not become the father of a nation, but you will receive all of the blessings possible for Him to give. And that, my friends, makes every single moment you live a joyous one, and, further, extends to you the benefits of life everlasting when your earthly days are completed!
“Trust and Obey”
John H. Sammis, 1887
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.
Chelsea Moon w/ the Franz Brothers in a live studio recording performance of an old hymn called “Trust & Obey,”
For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.Psalm 84:11-12 KJV
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