We're not going EP, but we are going to start singing the Psalms!
A while back, Gabe said something that got me to thinking. He pointed out in Ephesians 5 and Colossians 3 that we are commanded to sing the Psalms. Thus, whether other music is ok or not, the Psalms had better be included in worship!
This argument makes a lot of sense to me. I am not for doing away with hymns, but since God does command the singing of Psalms, we would be wrong to ignore them.
I got convicted about it, so I decided to talk to my pastor. Interestingly enough, in the evening message last night, he spent some time talking about these same passages out of Ephesians 5 and Colossians 3! (It's pretty neat how the Lord works!) After the service, I told him that I felt convicted, and I suggested that we should start singing from a Psalter, since Psalm-singing is commanded in Scripture. Without so much as a blink, he rapidly agreed with me and asked me to find a good Psalter for the church. He thinks it is a great idea, and is behind me 100% on this request. Praise the Lord!
I am looking forward to bringing our worship more in line with Scripture. And I am looking forward to memorizing the Word of God through the singing of it.
Anyway, hopefully we will be singing Psalms in worship before too many weeks go by. Everything is looking good in that direction.
Can anyone tell me which Psalters are the "best" or "worst"? Any you highly recommend, or do not recommend? Are there any good ones *without* archaic King James-ish English? I mostly want something true to Scripture, but I would prefer more modern English if possible, to aid it's reception by our congregation.
Thanks in advance,