Among evangelicals, singing psalms is largely a thing of the past. In this pamphlet, Joel R. Beeke gives nine reasons why churches ought to return to the ancient practice of psalm singing. Here you will find the biblical basis, the experiential benefits, and the sheer beauty and glory of singing psalms. Those hoping to recover biblical faith in our day will do well to take part in the Christ- exalting and soul-enriching worship found in the inspired Psalms.
Joel R. Beeke (PhD, Westminster Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth; editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books; and a prolific author.
“’The Psalms are full of Christ’ is the foremost of many profound and compelling observations by Joel Beeke in his plea for the recovery of singing the Psalms of the Bible in the worship of God’s people. The tragic neglect of this, the only divinely inspired hymnbook ever published, is a reflection of the shallowness of much of what passes for praise in a culture where endless repetition of emotive mantras – ‘Jesus is the Rock and He rolls my blues away’ over and over again comes to mind. Beeke makes the case for the unique and incomparable depth and richness of the Psalms – for our singing in praise to their Author – showing how they reach into every corner of human experience, from painful to pleasurable, with the message of the Christ of the gospel and the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. This is a clarion call that recalls the church to the lost blessings of singing God’s songs to His praise and glory and our comfort and joy. Most warmly recommended.” – Gordon J. Keddie, Reformed Presbyterian pastor and author