Psalm 27:13

I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Psalm 27:13

In other words…

I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness in the exuberant earth.

Psalm 27:13 (from the Message)

In “On Obstinacy in Belief,” C. S. Lewis notes that the common usage of the English word believe often indicates a very weak persuasion instead of a strong one.  The Christian usage of believe, to the contrary, can be used to indicate a very strong persuasion despite evidence to the contrary, not because of circumstances, but because of Who God is.  Lewis says,

If human life is in fact ordered by a beneficent being whose knowledge of our real needs and of the way in which they can be satisfied inifinitely exceeds our own, we must expect a priori that His operations will often appear to us far from beneficent and far from wise, and that it will be our highest prudence to give Him our confidence in spite of this…We trust not because “a God” exists but because “this God” exists.

pp. 24-25, The World’s Last Night: And Other Essays

So whether the “seeing” comes today, tomorrow, or after the resurrection, because of this God, full of goodness and faithful to His word, there will be no fainting.

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