Sing the Psalms with Me During Lent

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Lent’s not just a time for giving things up. As one of my pastors said this morning at our Ash Wednesday service, Lent is a time to make room in our lives to remember God. So I’m embarking on a project to sing through all 150 Psalms during this season of Lent. The book of Psalms is the hymnal of God’s people, and the psalms themselves were written to be sung, so I’ll be singing them from a Psalter, which re-sets the words of the psalms in meters that work in English, and fits them to tunes that match their meters. You can get Kindle and online editions of classic Psalters for free or very inexpensively, buy one from a Christian bookstore, or do what I did… and swipe one from a Presbyterian church.

Not a musical person? No worries. YouTube is packed with videos of Christians singing through the Psalms, which will help you with the tunes if you can’t read music (be aware that there are many different Psalters).

I invite you to join me in delighting in God’s word during this season. You’ll need to sing about three Psalms a day, which should take between 15 and 20 minutes. Spread them out, if you like: one in the morning, one after work, and one before bed. Or start or end your day with a longer time of singing. Recruit your spouse, kids, roommates. And sing the songs of God’s people.

Today’s Psalms: 1, 2, and 3.

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