What is a Psalmic faith? I learned the term from Biblical Counselor Dr. David Powlison of CCEF, who stated that there is a quality in the Psalms that often doesn’t meet the “godliness” definition in the church proper. It’s a Coram Deo awareness and a godly candor as we confront a fallen world.
So often in times of trial, the church can become moralistic or pietistic. We try to avoid pain and struggle by jumping to correct doctrine, possibly shortchanging the process. How can we have a faith like David the Psalmist, a “man after God’s own heart”? Jesus Christ himself in the garden of Gethsemane had perfect faith and foreknowledge, yet he cried out in sorrow to the Father. How can we have that manner of intimacy with God? Since we have a high priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses, who has been tempted as we are yet was without sin, we draw near before the throne of grace with confidence, that me may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:15-16). We reverently (Hebrews 5:8) dialogue with him; we cry out sometimes with groaning too deep for words, (Romans 8:26) and we listen and find comfort through communing with Him; remembering who He is, what He has done, and the promises yet to be filled, and then resting in Him. Despite our imperfect faith, it is in returning and rest that we shall find our salvation, and in quietness and trust that we shall find our strength (Isaiah 30:15). May we move towards greater sanctification and shalom in communion with our Triune Redeemer.
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