Sunday, April 14, 2013

Trust and Obey by Reba Altizer

Trust and Obey
By Reba Altizer

I want so badly to share Big Daddy Weaves version of Trust and Obey, but I can't get my copy feature to work.  So, you'll have to go listen for yourself.  Have a great week.  Trust and Obey.
~Kasse D.

This song Trust and Obey has been going through my mind.   It seems in life, when I go through a tough time, the songs that I sang as a a kid come up in my heart.   When I would sing them as a teenager, they really did not have the weight they carry now when I sing them.
The first verse helps me reflect that it is a journey and truly we are running a marathon not a sprint with The Lord.

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.

The second verse of this song reminds me there is nothing that His grace can't carry us through. It reminds me of what a little time with the Lord can do. When we walk through things in this life that are not so comfortable, why does it seem easier to talk then to sit in the presence of The Lord and Trust.  I see Trust as the same as surrender. It is easy to feel helpless, but really we need to stay hopeful, when we have truly released everything to The Lord in surrender. He is enough and can get us through to the other side in victory.

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.

I love this last verse.  It just takes me to that place where true peace comes. John 15 talks about abiding in the vine and without being connected to the true vine we have nothing.  He loves us and believes in us and will give us the strength and courage to walk out the perfect plan for our lives as 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.

I always love to look back and read where the history behind the song came from.  This one really blessed me, because it was not some great revelation.  Instead, two men had heard a simple testimony from a young man.  This young man didn't know much about theology, but knew in his heart he must trust and obey. This sparked the song to be written. Sometimes we might feel a little intimidated by people who we feel know much more than us, but nothing can compare with true revelation from The Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:27
New International Version (NIV)
27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

In 1887, just following an evangelistic meeting held by Dwight L. Moody, a young man stood to share his story in an after-service testimony meeting. As he was speaking, it became clear to many that he knew little about the Bible or acceptable Christian doctrine. His closing lines; however, spoke volumes to seasoned and new believers alike: I'm not quite sure. But I'm going to trust, and I'm going to obey.

Daniel Towner was so struck by the power of those simple words he quickly jotted them down, then delivered them to John Sammis, who developed the lyrics to Trust and Obey. Towner composed the music and the song quickly became a favorite. It remains popular with hymn singers today.

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