TRUST AND OBEY

Composer: D. B. Towner

Pseudonym: Ro­bert Bev­er­ly. Daniel Brink Towner (March 5, 1850 – October 3 1919)was a composer who held a Doctorate of music, and used his abilities to develop the music to several Christian hymns which are still popular today. Towner received his early musical training from his father J. G. Towner. He later studied under John Howard, George Root, and James Webb. Towner was the music director at the Centenary Methodist Church in Binghamton, New York (1870-1882); the York Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Cincinnati, Ohio (1882-1884); the Union Methodist Episcopal Church, Covington, Kentucky (1884-1885); and the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois (1893-1919). Awards and Works The American Temperance University in H… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: D. B. Towner (1887)
Meter: 6.6.9 D with refrain
Incipit: 12332 11355 43334
Key: F Major

Texts

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.
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Notes

One of the sturdiest of the some two thousand tunes Daniel Brink Towner (b. Rome,
PA, 1850; d. Longwood, MO, 1919) composed, TRUST AND OBEY is also among the most popular. It is cast in the verse-refrain form typical of gospel hymns.

Sing in harmony throughout. Though the use of a fermata in the refrain (on. “Jesus") prevails in some congregations, hymnals, and recordings; the text is one unit and should be performed as one long musical phrase without undue breaths or pauses. Observe one broad beat per measure.

Towner was educated musically by his father and later trained by gospel musicians such as George Root (PHH 93) and George Webb (PHH 559). He served as music director for the Centenary Methodist Church Binghamton, New York (1870-1882), the York Street Methodist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio (1882-1884), and briefly at the Union Methodist Church in Covington, Kentucky. In 1885 he joined Dwight L. Moody's evangelistic campaigns as a baritone soloist and choral conductor. From 1893 until his death he was head of the music department of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where he strongly influenced several generations of students. Towner compiled fourteen hymn collections.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #447
Text: Trust and Obey
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #409
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #6922
Text: Trust and Obey
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #548
Text: When We Walk with the Lord
Timeless Truths #787
Text: Trust and Obey
The United Methodist Hymnal #467
Text: Trust and Obey
Worship and Rejoice #443
Text: Trust and Obey

Instances

Instances (23)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
African American Heritage Hymnal #380Image
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #447TextImageAudioScore
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #500TextImage
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #509Image
Celebration Hymnal #571Image
Chalice Hymnal #556Text
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #409AudioScore
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #465
Hymns of Faith #196TextImage
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #565
Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #205Text
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #327ImageAudio
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #548TextImageAudioScore
Revival Hymns and Choruses #323
Sing Joyfully #469TextImage
Sing With Me #218Text
Songs for Life #213Text
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #376
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #349
The United Methodist Hymnal #467TextImageAudioScore
The Worshiping Church #523TextImage
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #672TextImage
Worship and Rejoice #443TextImageAudioScore