Monday, November 07, 2011

Sing a new song

Sing a new song edited by Joel R. Beeke and Anthony T. Selvaggio

Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books (2010)

ISBN-13: 978-1601781055

In His infinite wisdom, our Lord graciously gave to the Church, a wonderful manual of praise, commonly called the Book of Psalms. It has never been surpassed, nor can be, though many have thought otherwise. No one can deny, if they seriously read the Bible, that the singing of Psalms has an important place in the Worship of God. Sadly the singing of Psalms is never, or rarely heard in many congregations. Even from a non exclusive psalm singing position, which as you know is not the position I take, this ought not be. In their own arguments many have believed in the singing of Psalms, yet in practice they are generally at odds with themselves.

As God has made abundantly plain that the Psalms are to be sung in worship, where they have been neglected, a recovery is urgently needed. Thankfully there are some signs of hope, for which we give God the praise, however much more must be done for God's glory. Any book that has been compiled by good men who advocate Psalm singing has to, and must be recommended. 'Sing a new song, Recovering Psalm singing for the twenty first century ',fits into this category.

As a little taster, the three main parts of the book are as follows;
Part 1 Psalm singing in History.
Part 2 Psalm singing in Scripture.
Part 3 Psalm singing in the twenty first century.
We are grateful to Joel Beeke, Anthony T Selvaggio and all who worked on and contributed to this excellent book.

May it be, that under God, we live to see a wonderful recovery in the singing of divinely appointed praise. “Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him:” Psalm 105 : 2