David’s Praise and Faith

Handwritten page from the book of Psalms chapter 26 verse 9 through chapter 28 verse 4
Psalms 26:9-28:4

Synopsis     Psalms 26:9-28:4     9/15/2021 

In accord with King David’s acute sense of justice, he asked God not to judge all men alike. Specifically, he asked not to be taken with sinners. And then he contrasted his way of living with that of men who pay no attention to God. 

Afterward, David described his nearly complete trust in God. In this way, he celebrated that God was his all-in-all. As a result, he never had reason to fear. 

David’s Praise and Faith 

By continuously, poetically and lavishly celebrating God’s goodness, David focused his mind’s attention. David chose to meditate about God and praise Him. It follows as a matter of narrative logic that his confidence increased. David’s confidence in God naturally proceeded from his devotion to God. For him, this was faith.  

Praise and Faith 

To know God is to love Him. And love for God will naturally result in praise. It follows that the more I praise, the more I keep my mind’s attention focused on God and His goodness. And the more that my attention is focused on God, the more I know him. 

Faith in God means to believe in the promise. The real value of believing God’s promise isn’t the thing promised, but the opportunity to know the God of promise. So, it’s not so much what He said, but that He said it. For a human heart rightly ordered to value, this is what matters.  

For this reason, the cycle of praise and faith formation is the most important virtuous cycle ever known. 

“Rejoice always. 17Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.“ 1 Thess 5:16-18 

September 16, 2021

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