Why Don’t Churches Sing The Psalms?

“The answer in broad terms is found in God’s pronouncement on Israel’s worship through the prophet Isaiah. ‘These people worship me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me’ (Isa 29.13). The forms may have been canonically correct, but the personal engagement with God they were intended to express were quite literally on a different planet. When worship degenerates in this way – ceasing to satisfy the worshipper, let alone please God as the recipient of praise – those who worship tend to reach for novel alternatives. (In the case of Israel in the prophet’s day, this meant idol worship.) But for the church through the ages – especially for many evangelical and professedly Reformed churches, it has meant embracing less biblically crafted expressions of praise.”

~Mark Johnston, “The Psalms in Worship”

Read more: http://www.placefortruth.org/blog/psalms-worship (no endorsement of the article’s non-exclusive psalmody position intended)

 

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