Reflections On The 2018 Trinity Psalter Hymnal (OPC/URC)

 [[NOTE: I've updated this review slightly since we've been using the Trinity Psalter Hymnal in church for several months now.]] I grew up in Dutch Reformed circles with the Blue Psalter Hymnal (as we called it).  I came to love many of the Psalms and hymns in that book.  I can still remember my piano… Continue reading Reflections On The 2018 Trinity Psalter Hymnal (OPC/URC)

Psalms: Crucial Texts For Theology

  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

Psalms, Worship, and Prayer

The selections of articles about the psalter and Christian worship in Sing a New Song are outstanding.  Here's a helpful discussion in chapter 11, "Psalmody and Prayer" written by John Fesko. "We live in a culture that desires near-constant entertainment, so it should not be much of a surprise to find an entertainment-driven understanding of… Continue reading Psalms, Worship, and Prayer

The Messianic Vacuum: How Not To Interperet the Psalter

 In the past, I've mentioned my disappointment with John Goldingay's three volume commentary on the psalms because they completely lack a christological focus.  Not only does Goldingay simply avoid talking about Christ in the psalms, he explicitly says that psalms historically considered messianic are in fact not messianic. He sucks the Messiah from the psalms.  I used his commentary on Psalm 110 recently, and here's what… Continue reading The Messianic Vacuum: How Not To Interperet the Psalter

Weeping, Lamenting, Worship

These are some great words to think about in the context of corporate worship and Christian lament, grief, and sorrow.  In this context, Andrew Byers is talking about the cries found in the Psalter. "At some point along the way the Western church stopped associating weeping with worship.  It probably occurred about the time we stopped reading… Continue reading Weeping, Lamenting, Worship