Growing up in a rural community, evening church services were part of Sunday’s routine. These meetings were less formal, almost like a family reunion. Often following the service, folks would be invited to another member’s home for refreshments.
My favorite format was the “Singspiration” when people would call out their favorite hymn number and we’d all sing with gusto. Occasionally, a brave youngster would muster enough nerve and volume to get their request on the docket.
If there was too much of a lull, or if it had been a month or two since Leonard DeBoer had his turn, his favorite hymn, “Trust and Obey” would be included. Sometimes, he’d share a few words of how God had worked in a recent situation that took trust, because the logic of the world said it was not going to work.
Musically, it is light and lyrical, fun to sing and easy to play, which became important when I started playing piano for church.
But as I’ve gotten older, this hymn reminds me of Leonard. This song was his testimony. It was the way he lived his life as a farmer, always trusting that no matter what happened with the weather or the prices, God would provide a way. As the father of five children and fourteen grandchildren, with the normal ups, downs and heartaches, he trusted those situations to God, too.
What a blessing to sing a song rich in imagery of what it means to walk with God! And it is an extra blessing to have a faithful saint to remember that living with trust and in obedience is possible.
Trust and Obey
By John H. Sammis
- 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.