The Role of Psalms
Posted by kirkcaudle on July 8, 2011
Historically the book of Psalms played a vital role within Christianity. Psalms acted as a hymn book and voiced praises to God. However, after 1900, this changed dramatically within Christianity. J. Clinton McCann states in his book, A Theological Introduction to the Book of Psalms, that:
“The language of the Psalms is hardly part of our daily lives. If we ever hear it, we probably do not recognize it. And if we do recognize it, it probably sounds to us strange and archaic. The ‘book of all saints’ has become a lost treasure” (14).
The role vital The Psalms played within Christianity might have been lost, but I wonder if that is the case within the LDS branch of Christianity. I wonder this because I am unsure if members of the church ever saw the Psalms playing a vital role within their faith in the first place. After all, we only devote one Sunday School session (about 40 mins.) every four years to study the entire Psalter!
I learned to love the Psalms as an undergraduate studying religion at a Protestant institution. We would sing the Psalms in chapel. The only Psalms I know well are the one that I sang often during this daily required chapel sessions. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but now I am very glad to have had the opportunity to praise god directly through scripture via song. This is something I wish our own faith would adopt.
Do you see the Psalms playing a vital role in the LDS church, and what role do you see the Psalms playing for you personally?
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