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Psalter: A Brief History

God gave us a special book of songs named “Psalms.” In the course of history, he preserved the Psalms and ensured they were singable for the day and age in which we live. Our denomination was blessed with an inheritance that was simply given to us: the Psalter. This songbook is fused into our very […]

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Rejoicing in God Personally

How does God speak to us in Scripture about rejoicing? Sometimes he speaks to us in the form of a command: “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice” (Phil. 4:4). Sometimes he speaks in the form of a declaration, announcing that we, as his people, are in a joyful or blessed situation. […]

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Maschil

Among the most interesting parts of the Psalms are the subtitles found under certain chapter headings throughout the book. We can learn a lot about a psalm from what we find in these brief statements. Sometimes they recount the historical setting behind the writing of a psalm. Psalm 3 tells us that it’s “a Psalm […]

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Psalm Singing – A Reformed Heritage

Excerpt from the pamphlet: “The Reformation and Psalm Singing.” The full pamphlet is available at Protestant Reformed Churches or http://www.prca.org/pamphlets/pamphlet_37.html. It is a well-known fact that God used the work of Martin Luther and John Calvin to restore the Word of God to its proper place. Who can forget the Diet of Worms, before which […]

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Memory Book Continued

Thanks to Tom Cammenga for the inspiring article with his memories from our Psalter. How interesting that in some instances his memories parallel mine! This is due, in part, to our common heritage in our primary and secondary education at Hope Protestant Reformed School and Covenant Christian High School. How true it is that what […]

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Memory Book

Some time ago as I sat in church waiting for the morning service to begin I began to page through the Psalter. Not looking for anything specific I began with the first number and went through it page by page. As I went along I realized very quickly that for many of the songs I […]

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God’s Love

Last time we went for a short walk admiring the glory of God in the Psalms. I would like to continue our different walks as we consider the different aspects of God in the Psalms. Are you ready for another walk? I am! This time we are going to look at and consider the love […]

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A Small Walk

Come with me, if you will, for a small tour. Yes, just a small walk. We are going to take a glimpse into something very wonderful. This will just be a small glimpse into something that is so grand that we see different wonderful things every time we look into it. It is wonderful to […]

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Our Wonderful Treasure

You know, we really have something worth treasuring right at our fingertips. Truly, we do! It’s something truly to be thankful about! It’s unbelievable to even comprehend. Each time that we turn to it, I’m sure that we don’t always note the value of it. It is complete and it is whole. This thing that […]

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Christmas Carols

Aaahhh…the pretty snow that falls. The trees illuminated in the windows. Friends and families visit. Food is abundant and presents are numerous. The carols seem glorious. It’s not hard to guess what time of the year it is. For most of us, it’s our favorite time of year. It is a wonderful time of the […]

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High Importance: Instructing Our Youth in Psalms

While Sunday school was in session this summer, I was reminded of the importance of teaching our children the psalms. It is the most glorious and encouraging thing as a teacher to see those children, even that of the youngest ones being able to sing the psalms. It brings tears to your eyes when the […]

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Psalms Bringing Comfort

A mother overcome with grief over the loss of her baby. A young girl just married. A child in Sunday school. An older lonely gentleman who lost his wife years ago. A minister of the word. Missionaries in Ghana. New babes to the word. Confused and depresses teenagers. Established churches in America. People of God […]

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Sing Praises with Understanding (2)

We as Reformed believers ought to be very discriminating in our selection of music that we sing and allow ourselves to listen to. The devil is very crafty and many a lie has been promoted through the medium of music. We may be able to spot the lie very easily in the things we read […]

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Sing Praises with Understanding

When churches push aside Psalm singing and congregational singing for hymns, contemporary music, and choirs, one can be sure that diligent growth in the knowledge of God and His Word do not accompany the trend. In fact, quite the opposite is true. The gradual pushing aside of the Psalms and replacing them with hymns and […]

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Happiness – Allegro Con Spirito

Happiness is a wonderful gift among God’s saints. Within the church family, one of the greatest times to share that happiness is in congregational singing. The moment to spread your joy is during the singing that is such an integral part of the worship service. Together we sing songs of praise and thanksgiving to our […]

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Psalm Singing

6th August, 1969 Dear Mr. Reitsma, For several years now I have been receiving appreciatively Beacon Lights. I was interested to read of the proposal to introduce hymns in addition to the psalms. I would like to know how this question was resolved. The Free Church of Scotland, to which I belong, is characterized by […]

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Know Your Psalms

1. Oh, sure, the family calls it ulcers. Ulcers! That’s just wishful thinking; the real trouble, as everyone but the family will admit, is cancer! He hasn’t got long to live; I hear the Doctor gives him only five weeks . . .” “… oh, you can’t pay attention to the ravings of that old […]

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Hymns and Hollanders

Although I know the hymn question is a weighty matter with our young people, I am somewhat surprised at the silence in their ranks.  Possibly you are just sitting by awaiting the appearance of another’s position or perhaps Synod’s final decision?  If so, let me encourage you not to stand idly by, but pen your […]

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Our Stand on Music

Dear Editor I feel constrained to write you in regard to your editorial as found in the January issue re Our Stand on Music. Upon reading your first paragraph I held my breath and thought, Oh! Oh! Now what? Such high expressions of praise, and bold reasons for pride. They, verily, recall to me the […]

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As products of an orthodox denomination, we pride ourselves that our doctrines and beliefs are logical, well thought-out, and free of emotional influences. These qualifications are lacking, however, in our approach to church music. A quick check will show that while we may preach about the song of the angels to the shepherds, we may […]

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And All His Praise Proclaim

Music has the power to stir the heart and soul of man. For centuries poets, in extolling its sweet compulsion, have dwelt on the delight of comprehending the intricacies of this universal language of mankind. Soft music soothes the tired mind. There is music which can strike fire from the heart of men and tears […]

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