“Why do you only sing psalms?”

It may be a question that would have sounded strange for the majority of church history but it’s one that those who exclusively sing the songs of Jesus today invariably face.

It’s also a question that was clearly, biblically and graciously answered as part of the 3rd talk of Senior Camp 2014 by Philip Moffett. I’ll be uploading all the talks (along with psalms and readings) shortly but in the meantime here’s the one on worship with just the talk and closing psalm left in. Some at camp expressed a desire to be able to share it with their non-RP friends, so I’ve put it on SoundCloud to make that simpler.

A Kist o Wurds on the Psalms

The latest BBC programme to feature RPs and Psalms was their Ulster Scots radio programme A Kist o Wurds (Series 34 – Episode 13)

“Not so long ago, every service in an Irish Presbyterian Church featured the singing of at least one “metrical Psalm” – Psalms rewritten into poetic verses to make them more singable – and often sung in four part harmony. It’s a musical tradition going back to the reformation – but these days, Presbyterian churches are more likely to be singing modern Christian songs. In a special programme Kist o Wurds will be looking at where the Metrical Psalms came from – and where they’ve gone.”

It features Prof Norris Wilson and members of the Northern Presbytery Choir. It covers a lot more of the reasons for exclusive, unaccompanied psalmody rather than just focusing on the practice.

“Christ himself said the psalms all speak of him, so we should see Christ in every psalm.” – booyah!

It will be available on iPlayer for 5 more days, but for posterity here’s an mp3.

Related posts:

Make a Joyful Noise: The Metrical Psalms (2003 BBC TV Programme)
An Independent People (2013 3-part BBC series on Ulster Presbyterianism)