During the seasons of Lent and Easter our church is going through the basics of Christian belief in the Apostles’ Creed. Each week we are reflecting on a different line from the creed and during the week we are reflecting on various scriptures that speak to the theme. Every Wednesday there is a psalm and an invitation to rewrite it in our own words.
This week we focused on the first two words of the creed: “I believe…” This week’s psalm is Psalm 25, a psalm about believing or trusting in God. Here it is in my own words:
O Lord, to you my soul is lifted up
—will you come down?
O Lord, in you I place my faith
—will you be faithful?
O Lord, let our waiting be wisdom
and not a foolish waste.
Show yourself to us
and let us not be put to shame.
Let our faith be not in vain.
Beautiful idea. ‘I believe’ is such a powerful statement to say after God reveals to you. In English I take interchangeably ‘I believe’ and ‘I guess’, but from this readings point of view, there’s no second guessing after you give yourself to God.
That’s very interesting, Cristiano. I love how different languages offer different nuances of understanding. Sometimes faith starts as sticking a toe in the water, but ultimately it leads to a full plunge in God’s goodness.