On using the Psalms as a regular part of Sunday worship

Our own private griefs are, often enough, quite paltry: but we are invited to join in the gigantic earth-shaking laments of the psalms. Our own criteria for happiness are selfish and small: but we are allowed to share in the magnificent heaven-rending joys of the psalmist. Our own love for God is so feeble that we might forget all about God for days at a time: but our hearts are torn wide open as we join our voices to the enormous lovesick longing of the psalmist’s praise. We are safe, affluent, protected, untroubled by enemies or oppression: but we learn to join our voices to the psalmist’s indignant cries for the catastrophic appearance of justice on the earth.

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One thought on “On using the Psalms as a regular part of Sunday worship

  1. Andrew H.

    What a splendid quotation! I followed the link and read the rest of it, too.
    It has been a joy to grow with our parish choir in appreciation of the Psalms, largely from singing Choral Evensong. The Eucharistic psalmody has been part of it too, though it is more narrow in its emotional range. Would that the choir’s experience of them could be more widely spread among the congregation. All we can do by singing them in the Eucharist is to give them a taste of it, in hopes that some will delve more deeply.

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