This past Sunday, we kicked off a series focusing on the life of Peter entitled, "The Fisherman." This series will focus on what it means to know Jesus. Pastor Mike Augsburger that it is often taught that we must know someone in order to trust them. That idea is true to a certain extent. However, as he progressed in his message, Pastor Mike pointed out that sometimes, in order to know someone, we must first be willing to trust them. This is exactly what Jesus calls us to do: trust Him. That trust leads to obedience and joy in the Christian life.
This week we will be singing an old gospel song together that perfectly sums up this series, "Trust and Obey." Below is a story from the Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church.
“Mr. Moody was conducting a series of meetings in Brockton, Massachusetts, and I had the pleasure of singing for him there. One night a young man rose in a testimony meeting and said, ‘I am not quite sure—but I am going to trust, and I am going to obey.’ I just jotted that sentence down, and sent it with a little story to the Rev. J. H. Sammis, a Presbyterian minister. He wrote the hymn, and the tune was born.”
Sammie is said to have composed the lines of the refrain upon receiving the letter: “Trust and obey—for there’s no other way To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”
As is the case with most gospel songs, these lines provide the central theme around which all of the stanzas were written. The text and tune first appeared in the 1887 collection, Hymns Old and New, and the hymn has been included in countless hymnals since that time. Methodist hymnals in the United States have carried it since 1897.
Below you will find a modern version of the song arranged by Big Daddy Weave. Check it out.