Thursday, June 3, 2010
The Psalms in the Life of the Church
When I ask people where they turn in times of trouble, the Psalms are generally the first tier of Scriptures which people turn to in time of distress. This is because they generally reflect the urgencies and struggles of Christian life from the perspective of the individual going through these times of trouble or trial. So when we sing the Psalms (or speak them) on Sunday morning, we offer folks the opportunity to frame their lives of faith in the steps of those who have gone before and to see the witness of those whose struggles caused them to review the ground of their hope in time of trouble.
So, I am happy to have the Psalms included again in all their simplicity (we use a refrain and cantor on the verses). That is not to say I am happy the choir is on hiatus -- I am not -- but I am pleased that what we are left with is such a treasure of hope and peace amid the struggles of our daily Christian lives...