We've all heard the contemporary praise song that says "I will" more than a few times. Phrases like "I will celebrate," "I will sing to God," "I will praise God," are sung and repeated many times in the same song. Here are James Montgomery Boice's comments on such a song: The chorus seems to… Continue reading Self-Absorbed in Worship? (Boice)
Some of our readers may remember how Luther and Calvin loved the Psalms and spoke of them often. Luther said that the Psalms were a mini Bible. Calvin said that all the emotions of the soul are found in the Psalter. In saying these things, neither Luther nor Calvin were being novel or cutting edge. … Continue reading The Psalter Knows Christ (Athanasius)
Over the last few years, I've come to appreciate James L. Mays’ commentary on the Psalms. Here’s an instructive paragraph from the introduction of this commentary: “Because of their character and content, the psalms have always played a special role in reflection and thought on the Christian faith. The Book of Psalms is composed… Continue reading Psalms: Crucial Texts For Theology
I (Shane) typically don’t reference web articles/blogs here because I don’t typically read articles/blogs on the internet. But I do keep track of an online publication of the OPC (Orthodox Presbyterian Church) called Ordained Servant. I recently read a helpful piece there by T. David Gordon called “The Israelites Were Not Exclusive Psalmists (Nor Are… Continue reading Were the Israelites Exclusive Psalmists?
Though I’m not an exclusive psalmist, I do agree with this: “Congregations do well to sing the metrical versions or other musical settings of the Psalms frequently in public worship” (OPC Directory for Worship II.B.2). In the church I serve, we sing Psalms often and we also follow the practice of other Reformed/Presbyterian churches by… Continue reading Book of Psalms for Worship: Recommended