"Trust and Obey"
- Written by Danny Byrum Danny Byrum
One reason I like the old hymns best is because I'm old. Although the new songs are clever and catchy, they are low in calories. If you want to feel the agony of Jesus on the cross and understand its meaning, just sing "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross."
"Trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey." Is there no other way? I'm not sure. However, I am sure you won't be happy in Jesus if you don't trust and obey. But what about that word "happy"? It seems a little loose-ended. And "happy in Jesus"? Why not happy in God the Father or the Holy Spirit.
Do I have any business changing the lyrics of John H. Sammis' hymn? I should ask my pastor, but then I know what she would say. She would say, "Danny, you sweet little man, you are very wise and once in a blue moon you make the right decision. Go for it!" Yes I will. I will change "happy" to "joyful" or "peaceful". Not sure which, and I will change "Jesus" to "Trinity".
I am a wise man so while I have the microphone, I think we'll do some case studies. Abraham trusted God so much that he was willing to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Then God provided the sacrifice. The rich young ruler did not obey Jesus when asked to sell all his possessions and give the money to the poor. He went away unhappy. The disciples trusted the authority of Jesus and in obedience went throughout the world spreading the Good News.
It seems safe to assume that to "trust and obey" is pretty good advice. So, I think now we'll sing all the verses of "Great Is Thy Faithfulness."