[Brevard] Childs has emphasized that the Old Testament canon is a body of faith literature expressing the confidence of the Old Testament believing community of God. This is certainly true of the psalms. Everyone must be a faith product, even when they ask the deepest of questions, reflecting the greatest of problems in the psalmist’s mind. This is because faith and problems may co-exist. Nowhere does Scripture promise us that all our problems will disappear if only we will believe. As in the rest of the Bible, the faith of the psalmists is not speculative but based on God’s self-revelation. If it rests on God, it is because it rests on truth revealed by God about himself.
Prayer, Praise & Prophecy: A Theology of the Psalms, Pg. 148. (Bold emphasis added.)
I’m finding this book to be a really nice resource for study of the Psalms and am very grateful to my colleague Kenneth Samples for recommending it!
Rev. Andrew Compton
Christ Reformed Church (URCNA)