Facilitated by Willie Hart, we continued our study of the Book of Psalms with a focus on Psalm 23. This best known psalm compares the LORD to a loving shepherd in whom the psalmist (David) has complete trust for provision and protection.
In the context of our discussion of Psalm 23 we touched upon a very important truth – knowing and believing are not the same thing. It’s possible and all too common for us to know something about God but not believe it. For example, when we truly believe what Rom. 8:28 says about our Heavenly Father “working all things together for good” we should be able to “give thanks in all things” (1 Thess. 5:18). Knowing is passive, whereas believing requires action.
Yes, David knew the LORD, but he also believed in the LORD evidenced by what he did when Goliath challenged the Israelites and dishonored God. We need to pray as the father of the possessed son requested of Jesus in Mark 9:23-24, “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
Please note that next Sunday, June 25, we continue our study of the Book of Psalms with a focus on Psalm 138. In this psalm of thanksgiving we see how David acknowledges the many ways in which he is thankful to God and how he mixes praise and thanksgiving together as the proper response to answered prayer.