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An Argument for Greater Use of the Psalms

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In the worship wars of recent years the nastiest battles have erupted over music. What should we sing? Who should sing? What tunes should we sing? What instruments should accompany the Church's singing-if any? Why do we sing? Most often it seems that the armies arrayed on the varying sides of issues have fought under the banner of preference. What do we like and what moves us? Preference has tended to pit older people against younger and high brows against low brows.

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1 [ Back ] See the articles by Sherman Isbell on Psalm-singing in The Presbyterian Reformed Magazine, beginning in the summer, 1993 issue.
2 [ Back ] See my article, "Leadership in Worship," The Outlook, Dec. 1992, for the argument.
3 [ Back ] John Updike, A Month of Sundays (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1975), 136.

W. Robert Godfrey is professor of church history and president of Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California).

Issue: "Assemble My People: The Worship Event" Nov./Dec. 1999 Vol. 8 No. 6 Page number(s): 34-38

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