Singing the psalms can make you sigh for a number of reasons. The psalms actually encourage us to do so at times. “O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you” (Ps. 38:9). On a humorous note (pun intended), hitting or hearing off-notes in the sanctuary as a congregation struggles to sing them acapella can create some sighing. Another reason for sighing is when I hear well-meaning brothers, zealous for singing David’s songs, try to convert others to their cause with bad manners, jabby comments, and red faces.
And one other reason I sigh – and the point of this particular article – is when men feel inclined to disparage exclusive psalm singing. For I have sighed a time or two as of late in seeing articles such as Lane Keister’s “An Argument Against Exclusive Psalmody.”
After all, it’s not like those singing psalms in the worship of God should present much of a danger. Praise choruses rule the day. Most people these days who walk into a sanctuary expect something more akin to a rock band up front rather than a lone precentor with a pitch pipe. We are few in number. Our congregations are typically […]