Knowledge is not enough…

Psalms decorative
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,     
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods,     
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,     
for his steadfast love endures forever;
Psalm 136:1-3 ESV


Satan probably has a deeper knowledge of theology than most Christians, but of course, he keeps it to himself. If we keep all our fine theology to ourselves, are we any better?

Timothy Keller commented on Psalm 136: “PRAISED THEOLOGY. Every verse in this psalm points to truths elsewhere in the Bible. However, sound theology is not an end in itself but must be turned into praise. Even obedience alone is not enough. Ethical compliance without fervent worship means you’ve given God your will but not your heart.  

“Notice too that this praise is not solitary. This psalm gives us a glimpse of how many of the psalms were sung responsively in the worshipping congregation. So you must not rest content with biblical knowledge and sound doctrine but you must turn it all into worship that encompasses your whole heart and life. And you must not stop at individual, private spirituality but must know God in the assembly and obey him as part of a whole community.

Prayer: Lord, in your presence is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11), yet I work harder at my career and even hobbies than at learning to pray. These things are like playing in a mud puddle when you have set a table for me filled with your love, peace, and joy. Lord, teach me to pray and show me a church where I can learn it. Amen.”

From Timothy Keller in My Rock, My Refuge.

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