Ephesians 5:19 tells us to Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord.
I’ve been involved in Churches all my life from eight days old and have sung hundreds of hymns, plenty of spiritual songs (some good, some not so good) but in these Churches I have rarely sung a Psalm.
The Psalms have been sung for centuries, for millennia, yet we come along and think we can do better!
I was particularly challenged by this article at David Robertson’s blog theweeflea and decided we need to change!
So now we try and sing at least one every week, sometimes more. Most are metrical but some less so.
This is a list of what we’ve done so far, many are from http://psalms.seedbed.com/ and are sung to familiar hymn tunes, others are from different sources. We only have a guitar and a clarinet.
Psalm 1 Blessed is the man This is from Youth Praise I seem to remember
Psalm 2 Why do the heathen nations rage? To the tune In Christ Alone, I found this at Dan Green’s blog a pastor at Banstead Community Church who seem to be doing similar
Psalm 19:7-14 I can’t remember where I found this but we sing it to O Worship the King. If you want the words I can email.
Psalm 24 This earth belongs to God by Christopher Idle from Spring Harvest
Psalm 29 Ascribe to the Lord to the tune for Immortal, Invisible God only wise The Seedbed Psalter
Psalm 42 As the deer pants to the tune Ellacombe, a great tune but you need to repeat half of the last verse The Seedbed Psalter
Psalm 45 by Matt Sears I found this at Dan Green’s blog a pastor at Banstead Community Church who seem to be doing similar
Psalm 46 God is our Strength and Refuge to the Dambusters tune by the late Richard Bewes
Psalm 51 We sing it every communion to the Redhead tune for Rock of Ages and found it at Dan Green’s blog
Psalm 54 to the tune for You’re the Word of God the Father from Emmanuel Church North London
Psalm 61 to the tune for My heart is filled with thankfulness I found this at Emmanuel Church North London
Psalm 67 from Sing Psalms to the tune of Come thou font of every blessing
Psalm 98 from The Seedbed Psalter to the tune O God our help in ages past
Psalm 112 Not too sure where I picked this up! To the tune ‘Tell out my soul
Psalm 130 is a favourite from Sing Psalms to the tune Martyrdom
Psalm 134 by Ian White, have a listen here
Psalm 136 From the Seedbed Psalter we sing it to the tune Guidance (He leadeth me)
These are just a selection, we sing more and I will update from time to time.