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The need for sad songs in Christianity August 15, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Psalms, Religion, Worship.
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Preparing for the discussion in Psalm 3 tomorrow. As you probably know, David wrote and prayed this psalm while on the run from his son, Absalom. This also seemed to fit in with my thoughts about last Sunday morning. As we closed with “God Be with You”, I was aware that many think of this as being a sad song and for that reason, we prefer not to sing it, I think. I wonder if we have made in Christianity a god out of “feel good” emotions? Well, that’s my two cents worth. I think the link below will lead you to something better.

http://spurgeon.wordpress.com/2007/08/13/carl-trueman-on-psalms-psalter-contemporary-church/

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1. liturgicsjay - August 15, 2007

Maybe we’re superstitious about our music. The folks in my area seem to think that singing “sad” songs – laments – will make us sad people which we think is mutually exclusive with the Christian life. The sheer life displayed in the writings of the psalmists speaks to the contrary. Check out With One Voice: Discovering Christ’s Song in Our Worship by Reggie Kidd, Baker 2006; he takes a refreshing look at the psalms, our music in church, and Christ’s role in both. Peace!

2. roberttalley - August 15, 2007

Thanks, Jay, for the tip on the book. Trust your new blog is going well.

It’s on the blogroll under “Worship Reflection.”

Jay did not pay or even ask for the plug. šŸ™‚


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