Hodge, “Faith in his promises, founded upon the apprehension of his faithfulness and power, and their harmony with all his revealed purposes, [and] their suitableness to our nature and necessities, must produce confidence, joy, and hope.”
Piper’s response, “an essential element in the faith itself is confidence and joy and hope…[they] are part of the warp and woof of faith…Yes, it is true, that faith yields delights. But if we do not taste the beauty of Christ in his promises as delightful, or as satisfyiing, we do not yet believe in a saving, transforming way.
Is this not one of the reasons why so many professions of faith miscarry?…Unless we see the Lord as glorious, we will not be ‘transformed into the same image from glory to glory.’ When affliction comes, we will fall away. What holds us is prizing the surpassing value of Jesus (Philippians 3:8).”