The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship: A Brief Introduction and Guide to Resources
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2007 M01 22 - 169 pages
The biblical Psalms are, without doubt, a valuable source for Christian worship, but the vast text can prove daunting without direction. John D. Witvliet offers a solution with this brief but comprehensive survey of key theological themes, practical guidelines, and published resources related to the use of the Psalms.Arranged in symphonic form with a "prelude" and "interludes," "The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship" opens with a foundation of words about the Psalms from our wise church fathers, followed by a broad meditation on the basics of worship. Witvliet follows with an extensive tutorial on choosing a Psalm, engaging a congregation, deciding whether to speak or sing the text, and many other practical solutions for integrating Psalms into congregational worship for any generation.By including both classroom exercises and a brief musical Psalm sampler as helpful appendices, Witvliet provides all the resources necessary to spark a renewed engagement with the Psalms in community and public worship. This will be an important text for pastors and worship leaders desiring to lead their congregations to renewal.
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Prelude Patristic Testimonies
Interlude ReformationEra Testimonies from Luther and Calvin
Praying the Psalms in Christian Worship
Choosing a Translation
Framing the Congregations Mode of Engagement
Studying the Psalm
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