Samuel said, “Does the Lord have as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than a sacrifice, And to pay attention is better than the fat of rams.
When my father told me I was named after Samuel, a prophet of God, curiosity, I wanted to learn the meaning of the name. Samuel was a gift from God to Hannah answering her prayers of being a mother, so Samuel’s name means, God has heard. In the scripture of 1 Samuel 15:22, the prophet of God says, trust and obey the voice of God; that is what He wants. The hymn “Trust and Obey” was written in 1887 during a Dwight L. Moody revival. One night Dwight was preaching and the young man stood up and made a confessing testimony, “I am not quite sure,” meaning that he wasn’t really certain that God would save him from his sins, and then he continued, “But I’m going to trust, and I’m going to obey” meaning that he planned to trust God for his salvation and to do what he could to obey God’s will. Daniel Towner was the song leader and was inspired by the confession he had just heard, so he noted the words, “I’m going to trust, and I’m going to obey.” Daniel put the note in his pocket and later mailed it to his friend John Sammis. When John received Daniel’s note, I heard a young man’s testimony and included these words: “I am not quite sure, but I’m going to trust, and I’m going to obey.” I think a song is here. Sammis wasted no time pinning down the lyrics of the Trust and Obey hymn, “Trust and obey, For there’s no other way To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey. Obeying God is trusting His word; if you or don’t, we make ourselves a god. Not obeying God defeats the purpose He created us for. Happiness comes from doing what God designed for; scripture says, He made us in His image. Many people are looking for the meaning of life, and many believe happiness comes from loving ourselves to have an entirely happy life. Scripture teaches the opposite of that philosophy, submit to God fully, and true happiness begins. Trusting and obeying the Lord does not mean sorrow and grief will not disappear. It only means that the light of His word teaches when we trust and obey, He abides with us. It can never be proven until we trust and obey Jesus, and His happiness will abide with us. God bless you all; Jesus loves you, and so do I. A bondservant of the Lord, Samuel Jerry Head.