Results tagged “psalms” from Reformation21

The Hermeneutics of Lament (Part 3)

Article by   November 2016
As I have spoken to college students, cancer patients, and many others in the last year about lament, many of the Christians assume that they should just jump to the end of Psalms of laments if they are to pray them at all: "I trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation," in the words of Psalm 13. Why? Because the other parts of the Psalm are too close to "anger" or "complaining." But with this approach, we cannot actually receive and pray the psalms of laments as scripture, apart from the "happy ending" in their final resolutions. This approach fails to receive the Psalms as a prayer book for the church today. continue

The Kingdom Theology of the Psalter - A Challenging Lesson for the Church in America

Article by   May 2015
The language of royalty is pervasive in the Psalms. "Rule," "king" and their cognates appear 98 times in the Psalms (and the figurative words "throne," "rod," or "scepter" appear 26 times). Kings govern their kingdoms via statutes or laws, and such language appears 110 times. Kings also defend their people militarily, and such language appears 297 times. Just in these word-groups alone, we have 531 examples of royal language in the 150 canonical Psalms. This is not at all surprising, because the psalter is the hymnal of a religious people whose faith was essentially royal. The biblical narrative that we ordinarily designate as "Creation--Fall--Redemption" could equally truthfully be designated as "Rule of God--Revolt against God's Rule--Restoration of God's Rule. continue

Lament: Self-Indulgent Whining, or Faithful Complaints? [Part 1]

Article by   February 2015
Who likes a complainer? Complainers are unsettling to be around. Holiday meals ruined by laborious and endless complaints about how life has shortchanged them - the car that broke down too early, the college that should have given admission, the nurse who should have done the job better. A few hours with a complainer are just about enough to make one want to write an anonymous note: "DON'T YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR??" continue

Results tagged “psalms” from Reformation21 Blog

God's Forgetfulness and God's Face

Article by   May 2019
True believers may, and do, experience times when they feel as if God has forgotten them. They feel as if the divine no longer takes interest in them. David felt this as well. He expresses this in Psalm 31... continue

The Trinity Psalter Hymnal (2018)

Article by   July 2018
Congratulations to the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) and United Reformed Churches (URCNA) and Great Commission Publications on the new Trinity Psalter Hymnal (2018). I have only had my copy for a couple of weeks or so, but I want to offer a few... continue

A Psalm-Singing Resurgence

Article by   June 2018
We are experiencing something of a Psalm-singing resurgence in our day. Resources abound online for people who would like to learn more about psalm singing. Churches are making strategic plans to train their members in singing the psalms. Blogs buzz... continue

Considering Exceptions: Singing Psalms

Article by   May 2018
Often, potential exceptions to the Westminster Standards take this form: "If the Confession is saying 'x', then I must state my difference with that section." One particularly common example of this is found in WCF 21.5, which reads, If... continue

Psalm 19 and human flourishing

Article by   August 2015
Human flourishing"Human flourishing" is a cultural catchphrase that can be overheard in the hallways of corporate America and in the institutions of public and private education. In recent days, human flourishing has served as a warrant for doctrinal and moral-theological... continue

ISIS and the Imprecatory Psalms

Article by   February 2015
The recent execution of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya by the murderous Islamic group ISIS has prompted appropriate and helpful Christian reflections (see here and here). But one question I have yet to see asked is, "Is it time now... continue

Psalm 107: "Oh give thanks to God our Saviour"

Article by   December 2013
8 7. 8 7. D (Hyfrydol)Psalm 107Oh give thanks to God our SaviourFor his mercy rich and free;Sing his praise who find his favour,Rescued from the enemy.Every land gives up his chosen,Gathered up from east and west;North and south send... continue

Psalm 21: "The king shall have joy in your might"

Article by   March 2013
8 8. 8 8. D (Cleveland)Psalm 21The king shall have joy in your might,And in your salvation rejoice;You gave him his heart's true delight,And heard the request of his voice;You met him with blessings untold,And set a gold crown on... continue

Psalm 150: "Oh come and praise the Lord"

Article by   December 2012
6 6. 6 6 (St. Cecilia)Psalm 150Oh come and praise the Lord,Praise in his sanctuary;Come, praise him in the heavens,On earth with bended knee.Give praises for his deeds,And reach for fitting words,Enlarge your hearts to hymnThe glories of the Lord.With... continue

Psalm 63: "O God, my Strength, the early hour"

Article by   September 2012
L.M. (Wilton)Psalm 63O God, my Strength, the early hourOf every day your praise shall claim.My soul desires to taste your power,And see the glory of your name.Life's glories fade beside your love,My lips and hands shall give you praise;Blessings poured... continue

Singing in worship

Article by   June 2012
Now that the news has broken that my album - tentatively entitled Funkier Than You Think - may be hitting the market before long, I feel marginally better qualified to speak to the issue of the sung worship of the... continue

Psalm 16: "In you, O Lord, I put my trust"

Article by   June 2012
L.M. (Rockingham)Psalm 16In you, O Lord, I put my trust;Preserve me in my time of need,I lie before you in the dust,And have no goodness there to plead.Among the saints on earth I reapPleasures exceeding all below;This is the company... continue

Psalm 1: "How greatly favoured is the man"

Article by   May 2012
C.M. (Beatitudo)Psalm 1How greatly favoured is the manWho, by the grace of God,Walks not in step with sinful men,Nor treads the sinner's road.The seat of mockers holds no joy: All wickedness is spurnedBy them whose love is for the law,Who... continue
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