Composer: D. B. Towner

Towner, Daniel B. (Rome, Pennsylvania, 1850--1919). Attended grade school in Rome, Penn. when P.P. Bliss was teacher. Later majored in music, joined D.L. Moody, and in 1893 became head of the music department at Moody Bible Institute. Author of more than 2,000 songs. --Paul Milburn, DNAH Archives 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
Copyright: Public Domain


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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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


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


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