Our faith is enhanced by our experience of God's faithfulness
- Psalm 27:1 (NIV)
- Psalm 27:2 (NIV)
- Psalm 27:3 (NIV)
- Psalm 27:4 (NIV)
- Psalm 27:5 (NIV)
- Psalm 27:6 (NIV)
This psalm of praise and supplication was written by David or influenced by him. The Septuagint (Greek translation of the Old Testament) labels the psalm as happening before David's anointing as king. The first half of the psalm is a testimony of how God is faithful and how David could dwell in the house of the Lord (the Temple) as long as he lived. Since the temple was not built until Solomon's reign, this is probably metaphor for being in God's presence continually. God has delivered David from his enemies, probably from Saul. Because of this, David has an experiential trust in God, not just an intellectual one.
In our own lives, we can see the faithfulness of God. It might require us to take a step back from our current circumstances and trials or have someone else help us to see how God has always been faithful and trustworthy. We have to acknowledge God in the little things and not just the big ones. Them we share testimony of how good He is, which helps us build the faith of others. When God brings us out of the trial, our faith is increased, and we can continue to share with others and glorify Him.
John Goldingay, Psalms Volume 1: Psalms 1-41, Baker Commentary on the Old Testament (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006), 391-6.
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