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The Psalms – Where To Plant Your Heart (via John Piper)

Tomorrow, on the first Sunday of 2018, one of our songs will be a setting of Psalm 1.
John Piper on God’s shaping the hearts of his people through his provision of the Psalms.

Plant Your Heart Here
In great mercy and wisdom, God has chosen to give us the Psalms. He has put them at the very center of his inspired word. Surely this is no accident. The heart is the center of our emotional life. And God’s heart-book is at the center of his word. How easy it is to find!
This is an invitation. God wants our hearts. He will take them as he finds them. And then, with the healing balm of the Psalms, he will shape them. Accept his invitation to come. On the front door, he has promised, Enter here. Find your delight in lingering here in meditation.
You will be “like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers” (Psalm 1:3).

Read the whole post here.

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The Psalm Singing Church (via Nick Batzig)

Nick Batzig offers encouragement and resources for churches to consider singing Psalms in public worship during 2018.
From his post:

Perhaps such a neglect has occurred on account of antiquated translations, difficult accompanying tunes or simply because of a lack of familiarity with the Old Testament people, places, events and symbols. Regardless, the church is certainly no better for having passed over the numerous inspired songs in the Psalter.
It would be of enormous benefit to our churches if we would actively seek to reinstitute the practice of Psalm-singing in our congregations. At the very least, churches should try to sing one or more Psalms a month in gathered worship on the Lord’s Day. This takes a measure of planning and instruction on the part of pastors, elders and musicians. However, it is safe to say that any congregation that undertakes such an initiative, will reap rich, spiritual benefit.

Read it all at the Christward Collective.

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1650 Split-Leaf Psalter App

I’ve downloaded the free 1650 Psalter app.
Emulating the old split-leaf format of the classic Psalter (Psalm Hymn Book) this app has lyrics (the complete 1650 Scottish Psalter) and midi music of the tunes that are set for each Psalm. Other tunes of the same metre can be selected to play instead as well. Even though the those texts of Psalms don’t get used very widely in Australian Presbyterian circles, the index of tunes is a great resource in itself.
There’s a bunch of other features as well.
Did I mention it’s free?
Search for 1650 Psalter in the various app stores.

Thanks to Scott Clark at Heidelblog for the tip off.

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Tumbling Sky – Matt Searles’ Album Of Psalms For Weary Souls Free For A Limited Time

To mark the release of his book Tumbling Sky: Psalm Devotions for Weary Souls Matt Searles is making the album which inspired the book available for free download.
The album is a wonderful addition to Searles’ two earlier productions.
The Psalms are chosen this time to reflect the ministry that they offer to those in times of lament or suffering.
I don’t know how long the offer will last.

Go here for information about the devotional book.

Go here for the free music.

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A Psalm 1 Prayer (via Green Baggins)

Rev. Lane Keister (aka Green Baggins) has posted this prayer, based on Psalm 1.
Let those rooted in the life-giving Saviour Jesus prepare to worship God with his people tomorrow.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you have revealed to us that we are blessed if we do not walk in the council of the wicked, stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of the scoffer. Make us instead to delight in your law, that we might meditate on it day and night. Make us to be like trees planted by streams of water, yielding their fruit in their season, never withering, gaining an internal, invisible nourishment so that, in anything that we do for you and for your kingdom, we will prosper. Make us not like the wicked, who have so little weight that the wind can drive them away. Though we feel alone in this, though we see and feel the pressures against righteousness by the world outside, we know, Father, that the whole congregation of the righteous will stand with us. Above all, you stand with us, for you know our path, the end from the beginning. You know that path of wisdom, and you delight to show it to us. You also illuminate for us the path of the wicked, and you show us its end. We praise you that Jesus walked not in the counsel of the wicked, nor did he stand in the way of sinners, nor ever sit in the seat of scoffers. We praise you that He delighted to do your will, that He delighted in your law, that He always meditated on it, that He therefore has become for us the life-giving vine who nourishes our faith always.