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Faith Alive! | June 2015

In Faith Alive! this issue:

  • Editorial
  • Israel’s ancient hymn book
  • Secular music in the Old and New Testament
  • Liturgical music in the Old Testament (Book of Psalms)
  • 150 Books
  • The Psalms & their settings
  • Exploring Israel’s ancient hymn book
  • Imprecatory Psalms
  • Acrostic Psalms
  • Chiasmus
  • Psharing Pyour Pfavourite Psalms
  • Can you find it? – Faith Alive! challenge
  • The Big Conversation
  • Psalm Crossword

A sample article from this edition:

Editorial

“If music be the food of love, play on …”

While Duke Orsino in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night might have spoken these words, we can echo them in relation to the singing of praise because of a love for our God.

In this issue we have a brief scamper through Israel’s ancient hymn book.

So much has been written about the Psalms – the Psalter – the book of Psalms that in these few short pages we can only whet an appetite for a part of God’s word which even the most anti-religious individuals have to admit provide us with lofty poetry and heart-filling sentiment.

At the heart of the Psalms is a desire to see God praised …

… for His wonderful works in creation;
… for His preservation of His people (both collectively and as individuals);
… for His compassion and covenant love;
… for His saving purpose and His kingly promises.

At the centre of this praise is a recognition of one who was to come who would embody the will of God.

As this is issue 110 it is right to focus on Psalm 110. This Psalm is quoted and alluded to in the New Testament, it is claimed, more than any other. (I feel another Faith Alive! challenge coming on!) It is a Psalm of David, acknowledged and confirmed as such by Jesus himself (Mark 12:36). It is the witness by the greatest king of Israel (so far) of one who is and will be greater than himself.

David, the man after God’s own heart, speaks in this Psalm, as so many of the other Psalms do, of this greater king to come – who he is, what he will do and where his heart lies.

The words of these 150 chapters, these 150 Psalms, these 150 hymns and spiritual songs, challenge us to think like the greater king, to think like the one who can for each of us be “my Lord”.

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you in all its richness. Instruct and admonish each other with the utmost wisdom. Sing thankfully in your hearts to God, with Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. Whatever you are doing, whether you speak or act, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:16-17, NEB)

 

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