Singing The Psalms
June 25, 2013 § 1 Comment
There are some places where the church meets that only sing the Psalms. John Calvin believed that there were no better songs to sing than those found in the Psalter (that is, the book of Psalms), so why would we use anything else? I don’t want to get into the centuries worth of arguments surrounding this topic, suffice to say it has been a long, angry journey to the music we sing today at RLF. But I think because we feel we don’t have to sing the Psalms exclusively, we – and many other congregations – forget that we can sing them at all!
The following video is Jon Foreman’s “House Of God Forever.” It is Psalm 23 set to music, paraphrased a bit to make it more singable. When I hear this song, I hear the psalm in a new way. Singing scripture is powerful, there is nothing quite like it.