What are these Psalms? Are they just a collection of uplifting words which we can set to a nice melody and sing together in church? Are they prayers which we can draw upon personally in the good times and bad times, expressing our praises and laments?
The Psalms have certainly always played a rich part of singing in churches through the centuries. The Psalms have also benefited the prayer life of many believers.
But before we lift our voice to sing or pray, is there another voice we’re first to hear in the Psalms? Before we read them as our words to God, how might we first read them as God’s Word to us?
The Apostle Paul says something fascinating about the Psalms:
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. – Colossians 3:17
In the Psalms we first hear the “message” – ore literally – the “Word” of Christ. As we read the Psalms, we should be listening for the voice of Jesus. It’s only as we first hear his voice that we’ll know how to truly lift our voice in song and prayer to God, as well as teaching one another.
The Psalms are Songs of the King. Come along and hear the voice of Jesus!
Starting December 28th 2015.