The Purpose of This Blog


Today, we are surrounded by many choices in worship, and it seems every church is different. Church worship may range from hymn-singing, to rock music, to gospel choir. The songs sung in worship, and how they are sung has caused great controversy and division. Churches have adapted and even split apart in order to sing and worship according to their personal preference, devotion to tradition, or other values. But what if a goldmine of praise music has been right under our noses this whole time? In the middle of the Bible, we find 150 ancient, God-breathed songs: the outpourings of the heart written by people with real trials and stories of God's deliverance. From the Old-Testament times, during the life of Jesus, in the early Church, and even up until the early 1600’s, Psalms were sung in Christian churches, almost without question. Most Christians today agree that the Psalms can be comforting and personal, but wouldn’t think of actually using them for their original purpose. However, there’s no point in singing the Psalms if we do not stop to meditate on them, or if they are simply not understood. The Psalms have infinite depth when we recognize their power as the inspired Word of God, and understand what they mean in their context and in our lives.

How the Blog was Started
An interesting story resides behind the creation of the blog, and it goes like this. Once there was a rather weak Christian who attended the Theological Foundation for Youth conference. Who this person is doesn’t really matter, but for the sake of story let’s name this person Blind. Blind had been singing the Psalms for several years, yet never truly appreciated or thought about the Psalms. Now at the conference, Blind discovered something very strange; other similar-aged young people seemed to love the Psalms. In fact, many of the people at the conference understood the Psalms and memorized them. This love for the Psalms puzzled Blind, so Blind went home and started to study the Psalms both through personal devotions and with a friend. Through the Psalms this rather weak Christian found new strength from the promises and words of guidance in the Psalms. I was Blind, but now I see.

The Psalms filled me with joy, so I was pained to find that many other young people in the Reformed church, though exposed to the Psalms, still sang the Psalms with eyes that could not see. I remember all those godly saints I met at the Theological Foundation for Youth conference, and I proposed this idea of a Psalm blog to them and other lovers of the Psalms that I met. As a result, “Selah” was created.

The Mission of the Blog Authors
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  Col 3:16

Colossians 3:16 encompasses our mission and purpose for this blog. In the previous verses of Colossians 3, God calls His people to love one another and love Him, since we have received such abundant love from Christ. This is our chief goal and purpose, to gain and promote a greater love for God and for each other.

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom"
Verse 16 gives how we can achieve this goal. We are to be directed by Christ word such that it resides in us and directs us in all we do, and specifically we can gain this relationship with Christ’s words through singing the Psalms.

teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
By singing the Psalms together, we use the words of Christ to teach and admonish one another, and the articles of this blog are intended to help the readers' understanding and encourage their excitement for the Psalms. 
  • Through personal explanations, we wish to help readers understand the Psalms especially when singing them. Since all of us are relatively young, ranging from early high school to college aged, our respective elders check each explanation. 
  • Through the testimonies, we wish to encourage readers to meditate and apply the Psalms to their own lives by sharing how God has already taught and guided us with the Psalms.

The Psalms are meant to be sung; however, God is praised by the thankful and dependent heart of the Christian, not the mere singing of words. Just like Blind, each author of the Psalm blog possesses a love for God and our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We hope that in reading the explanations and testimonies, readers will discover the beauty of the songs of God, sing “with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”, and as a result gain a greater love for God and fellow Christians.

All opinions expressed on this blog are ours alone and not necessarily those of the Reformed Presbyterian church of North America. 

4 comments:

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  2. Wow, what a faith builder it was to read your blog! I pray you will grow richer and deeper in your faith as you dive into the scriptures and see how alive and applicable they are to life today! May God Bless each of you in a mighty way!

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  3. Brothers and sisters in Christ,

    It is with great joy that I stumbled across your blog.

    I am a 17-year-old member of the United Reformed Churches in North America, with a growing love for the riches of the psalms. I've found it disheartening that so few young people share this appreciation. Your work here has been incredibly encouraging to me.

    I manage another blog on psalm-singing with a seminarian and fellow URCNA member over at http://urcpsalmody.wordpress.com/, which I would kindly invite you to visit. Although our perspectives are slightly different, I believe the overlap between the blogs testifies to how much we have in common.

    We rejoice at our growing unity with your denomination. I was able to witness the decision to enter what we call "Phase 2" ecumenical relations with the RPCNA at our synod meeting this summer. We have a profound admiration for the RPCNA's commitment to singing the psalms. And we pray that our relationship as churches will continue to grow stronger!

    So a hearty THANK YOU for this excellent blog. I look forward to reading every bit of it. Feel free to contact me via the blog link above if you'd like to talk further.

    Blessings in the Lord,

    Michael Kearney
    West Sayville Reformed Bible Church (URCNA)
    Long Island, New York

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  4. I love the mission of this blog. Thank you for taking the time to appreciate the Psalms and helping us to bus them deep into our hearts! Selah is the perfect name for this!

    Lauren @ How Beautiful Are The Feet

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