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Why we preach from Psalms

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Preaching on a psalm is like trying to give a talk on "America the Beautiful" or "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Psalms are meant to be sung—or at least read—again and again, till we know the next line before we read it, till we know their spiritual pitch without a piano introduction, till our hearts naturally begin to think and speak in psalmic.

So what's a preacher to do when our text is a psalm? We tend toward spiritual musicology, lecturing on the song's history and structure ("Do you see the chiasm in verses 5 and 6?"). We take the word pictures and deconstruct them, as if to help people find the faint blue numbers under the psalmist's paint. We rightly point out the expressions of faith or joy or pain and try to walk our people into the music, but we end up sounding like a documentary on how the orchestra works.

The preacher of the psalms is like a choral conductor rehearsing his choir. I've directed choirs for years. I'm not great at it, but I know my role. For one thing, ...

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Keith Magill

November 19, 2012  1:18pm

The church used to actually sing the psalms regularly. When you finished preaching a psalm, you sang it - not some excerpts or parallel thoughts, but the psalm itself. That is when the real impact you describe comes. You could check out 2 resources. "Singing the Songs of Jesus: Revisiting the Psalms" by Dr. Michael LeFebvre (Christian Focus) and www.crownandcovenant.com for song books and CD's of all 150 Psalms.

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Elizabeth Neh Asaa epouse Babatunde

January 24, 2012  9:25am

I do not know what to do . i have written a number of times but my comment seems not to be accepted. The Lord knows how much i appreciate. I will sign off this page

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Elizabeth Neh Asaa epouse Babatunde

January 24, 2012  9:21am

I have never in my life time come across such insight into preaching from Psalms. this is from the Lord . How He does all to draw us closer to Himself. Thank you my brother- and for giving it free- you do not know how many will be blessed by it. May the Lord replenish as you avail yourself to Him . I will use it for my personal time and cooperate studies as i have the opening My star rating is 5 please, not 2. clicked on the wrong key

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Elizabeth Neh Asaa epouse Babatunde

January 24, 2012  9:13am

I have not in my life time come across such expositions to preaching from the book of Psalms. This is God given insight and wisdom. I will use this approach during my personal time and cooperate studies as given opportunities. Remain open for the Lord to continue to use you . Thank you my brother- and for giving it free- you can't imagine how many will be blessed by this free offer. May He replenish for His glory.

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Elizabeth Neh Asaa epouse Babatunde

January 24, 2012  9:05am

I have not come across such insight into preaching from the book of Psalms before.How God gives insight and wisdom to His own to draw us closer to Himself. I will use this for my personal and cooperate study as i have openings. May the Lord use you more as you avail yourself to Him . Thank you my brother.

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