Sing Psalms

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.

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One Response to Sing Psalms

  1. I’m continuing to think about this analogy. While I still think there it raises a good point, it occurs to me that the comparison is not quite apples to apples. For any literate person can pick up a Bible and read the Scriptures over against reading a book. But while we have many songs that we know and sing, we have only the text of the book of Psalms and must versify and set to music those texts if we wish to sing them. So a person could instantly decide to read their Bible much more than other Christian literature, but would probably need to obtain a versified psalter in order to sing the Psalms.

    This line of thought, though, doesn’t invalidate the analogy, which is more about the importance of giving psalms precedence over manmade hymns, not the ease with which that could be accomplished.

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