Hymn Study: Trust and Obey

It is no secret that 2020 was a crazy year for most people, and honestly 2021 does not appear to be settling down. As I spent time in prayer about what I needed to focus on this year, it became clear that I needed to really lean into ‘Trust’. I know that I can trust God but I need to spend time making sure I actually put it into practice. As a part of my desire to focus on trusting the Lord, I have decided to include several hymns that focus on trust in our lineup this year.

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Trust and Obey Hymn Study

Hymn Story

This month we will be studying Trust and Obey, written by John H. Sammis. It is most often sung to the tune written by Daniel Brink Towner.  It was first published in 1887. According to Ira Sankey, a young man at a testimony meeting led by Dwight Moody, “I am not quite sure but I am going to trust, and I am going to obey.”  Sankey then sent a note and that quote to John H. Sammis who was a Presbyterian minister. From that note he wrote the hymn that we now know as Trust and Obey.

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


There are many scripture verses in the Bible that talk about trusting and obeying God. A few that tie in really well to this particular hymn are Proverbs 16:20, 1 John 5:2-3, Matthew 11:29-30. These would be great verses to memorize or use as copywork.


In addition to listening to a variety of versions of this song (make sure to check out some of our favorites below), I have created free printable copywork sheets with the hymn lyrics. In order to build upon the idea of trusting God, you can make a list of things you are thankful for and ways that God has already been faithful to your family. This hymn can also be a good starting point for discussions on times when we have to obey God even though it is hard.

Another fun way to help your children remember the hymn is to have your children learn to play the hymn on a musical instrument. You could choose any instrument your child already plays, or if they are new to learning an instrument you might start with the recorder as an inexpensive and easy to play option.

We hope you enjoy this hymn study and find comfort in the words of this classic hymn through whatever trials come your way.


Lyrics and Story

Trust and Obey Sheet Music

Trust and Obey (A Cappella)

Trust and Obey (with string and woodwind accompaniment)

Trust and Obey (Kids Worship)

Trust and Obey (with Motions)

Trust and Obey (with Guitar accompaniment)

Trust and Obey (Story and video)

Trust and Obey (Gospel Choir)

Trust and Obey (piano instrumental)

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