We’ve spoken in the past about how Christians ought to view psalms of lament and imprecation. Are these sentiments worthy of a believer’s lips? Rev. Daniel Kok of Grace URC in Leduc, Alberta, shares his thoughts on this matter, and emphasizes the unique value of the Psalter.
A wise elder in a congregation I once served told me that I should select the first song in worship to be a joyful song of praise. His concern was that I, having chosen a sadder song to begin our Sunday worship, would bring to mind and heart the feeling of a funeral service rather than the glad celebration it was meant to be. Thus the tone of the entire service would be ‘off’ from the very beginning. I appreciated his point and, to this day, have striven to follow this ‘rule’ for the order of worship. And clearly there are many appropriate songs to choose that have aided me in doing so.
Since that time I have grown in my appreciation and reverence specifically for the biblical Psalms. One of the reasons for my attraction to them is their capacity to express a wide range of emotions that God…
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