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date: 22 October 2019

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The Psalter has been considered the church’s prayerbook, the prayerbook of Jesus, and Israel’s songbook. Since the earliest days of the church, Christians have been singing and speaking the Psalms as part of corporate worship. Contemporary churches incorporate the Psalms into liturgical celebrations through prayer, singing, and proclamation. The Psalms provide language for praise and teach people to pray, as well as language that reflects every human experience and emotion from joy and confidence to doubt, despair, gratitude, fear, rage, and awe. The psalmic language also allows worshippers to pray for the coming of God’s own justice, to express gratitude for God’s saving, healing actions, and to anticipate the reign of God. This article discusses the ways Christians speak and sing psalms, the role of psalms in the Revised Common Lectionary, and their use throughout the liturgy.

Keywords: Psalter, Christians, Psalms, worship, prayer, singing, praise, justice, gratitude, Revised Common Lectionary

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