When We Walk With the Lord

This simple and powerful Christian hymn that many of us have sung in Sunday School and church services was written by John H. Sammis in 1887. This hymn illustrates the rewards of trusting the Almighty’s word and obeying His supreme will. The ultimate reward is in sitting at the feet of Jesus in sweet fellowship with Him.

Lyrics

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.

Refrain:
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.

Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to 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.

Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to 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.

Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet.
Or well 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.

Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

History of the Hymn

The major inspiration behind this song was an incident that happened in 1886 in Brockton, Massachusetts where Dwight L. Moody conducted one of his famous revival meetings. The composer of the music, Daniel B. Towner heard a young’s man testimony, who said “I am not quite sure – I am going to trust and obey.” These words mesmerized him and he jotted those lines and send it to Sammis who wrote the hymn.

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