Trust and Obey

Yes, this is the title of one of the all-time great hymns of worship I grew up singing.  What you may not know is the song was written by John H. Sammis in 1887.  It comes right out of two specific scriptures.

Psalm 84:11-12
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.  O LORD of hosts, how blessed is the man who trusts in You!

Isaiah 50:10
Who is among you that fears the LORD, that obeys the voice of His servant, that walks in darkness and has no light?  Let him trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.

My heart still quickens when I read or hear the words to the first stanza of this song:

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.

The chorus just gets to me:

Trust and Obey! For there’s no other way,
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

How do we do this?

Today, the day after the “mid-terms” it may appear to some that this is just trite and meaningless dribble, when the world at large, and our nation specifically seems in such disarray.  You and I may or may not like who won a particular election.  You and I may not approve the choice for governor in Colorado, the senate selection from Tennessee, or New York’s 14th district congressional selection… but this is where the trust and obey part comes in.

Remember a couple of days ago I suggested that Paul said to the church in Rome that God puts people in places of governing authorities, and no one is there except that God established it? [Romans 13:1]  You might want to take a few moments here to look up Romans 13 and read the whole chapter… it’s only 14 verses, and it might take 3 minutes at the most.  Because if there is one passage of scripture that certainly applies to us today it is this one.

We have to trust in the Sovereignty of God.  We have to know without hesitation or  doubt that God is in control, has plans we don’t know, sees the outcome far beyond what we might hope or think, and has only the best in mind for those who know Him and call Him “Father.”

The only way we can call Him “Father” is through Jesus Christ.  We should then pray as Jesus taught us to pray…

Matthew 6:9-10
“Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed by Your name.  You kingdom come.  Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

It’s a new day.  The political lay of the land is different.  But God is in control.  For those who know and believe this is true, there is only one response must we have.

Trust and Obey.

Big Bang Blasts

Daily Post:  Detonate

Detonate

Many scholars and scientists have debated the common belief that the residents in Pompeii were killed by the falling ash and gasses emanating from the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.  It is now being suggested, when the top of this mountain detonated under tremendous pressure, the people of Pompeii were instantly killed by a pyroclastic cloud surging down the mountain carrying the volcano’s lethal temperatures.

Archeologists have discovered skeletons in underground cavities formed by hardened ash.  When injected with plaster, these cavities are used as molds to recreate the bodies’ positions at the instant of death.  This process seemed to prove the early ideas promoted by Pliny the Younger who described the eruption as he watched it happen from the other side of the Gulf of Naples.

Vesuvius is still classified as an active volcano, and authorities within the Italian Civil Protection suggest that based on the population within just 10 kilometers (6.2 miles is the city of Naples) should the mountain detonate again in the manner of 79 A.D. at least 3 million people would be at risk.  What a horrifying thought.  These facts give us pause, and yet, seemingly it is not a stimulus for people to move away from the mountain and out of harms way.  Those refusing to leave the danger zone today while the volcano remains dormant, are neither stubborn, rebellious, or lunatics.  They are just people who weigh their choices and have decided they don’t want to leave their homes, their heritage, or their loved ones, just to avoid something that might not happen again in the next 2,000 years.

You may live on a street where nothing much ever happens.  You may have a life where the detonation of disease, destruction or death has not touched you personally, but you would be unique if this is so.  It doesn’t take a volcano to destroy lives.  In fact dissolving relationships, cancer, car accidents, guns or random IED’s used by terrorist today can change people’s lives in a heart beat.  We can’t move away from most of what “could” happen to any of us, at any time.  We can’t relocate to some remote island, which by the way, might just be a dormant volcano.  So what’s a person to do, when life detonates around you?

The song from my childhood comes to mind:

Trust and Obey.

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.

And what happens if the detonation – the Big Bang Blast – brings death and destruction, what then?

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.

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

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