Singing Psalms Well (Psalter defense 4)
The church needs a new Psalter, with better music!
But first, why should the church sing Psalms at all? And then, what's wrong with all the Psalters we already have?
After tying up some loose ends from the previous talks, Michael reasons that music amplifies the thrust of the Psalms: sanctified emotion. He shows how most Psalters often kill the emotion with poor lyrics and poor music.
He finishes with an appeal for long-term goals. Good Psalter singing will take generations to establish, and we are not in a hurry. And the Congregational Psalter is a model for what future Psalters should resemble.
Michael E. Owens is church musician serving the reformed community from Lancaster County, PA. Michael was born in 1974, and is a piano technician by trade.