This reflection from Jacqueline Lapsley of the Princeton Theological Seminary has one of the more elegant distinctions between Faith and Belief that I have seen. Belief is a checklist; Faith a poem. Belief is a statement; Faith is a relationship.
The contrast that Christian Wiman makes between faith and belief reminds me how my childhood pastor explained his faith to me: “it is not about belief in X or Y, but rather, whom do I trust?” Faith is not about propositional statements, but about the character of the One who draws us in, to trust. The psalmist conveys this by the language of longing, of fainting for God’s presence, but also by using the language of song. Our songs to God are literal songs, of course, but also the way in which we lift all our yearnings—all the day long—toward the God who made us, and who longs for us as well.
Associate Professor of Old Testament