I’m increasingly burdened to incorporate psalmody into my church’s services. I’ve had vague inclinations in that direction before–but to my shame, those inclinations never bore any significant fruit.
So. I’ve purchased some resources to help me on my way, and am looking forward to using them. The Trinity Psalter looks like a helpful compilation, and I anticipate mining its riches.
A thought-provoking analogy from the Trinity Psalter‘s forward (p. 4):
Should one’s reading priority be good Christian literature or the Bible? “Oh, that’s easy to answer,” you say. While the reading of good Christian literature is profitable and good and should be encouraged, it should never be allowed to replace the greater good of Bible reading, the ultimate source material upon which good Christian books are based. Case is closed. Yet this is precisely what has happened in the area of the church’s songs.
What should be the priority in singing? Isn’t it self-evident that even the best hymns are nevertheless of human composition and should never be allowed to replace the greater good of psalm-singing? That this obvious truth has nearly completely “slipped the mind” of the modern church is yet another sign that things are seriously amiss in the worship of our churches.