This is a question that we as pastors of Auburndale Baptist Church have been wrestling with for some time. Our answer to the question and how to proceed has been written about in detail by one of our pastors, Jason Adkins, who has done a large majority of the heavy lifting on this issue for us. He has done an outstanding job of not just answering this question posed, but has presented some very helpful practical tips on how to incorporate Psalms in the congregational singing life of your church as well as why you should. It is also written from the context of a traditional and historical SBC church that had never sang Psalms before. Jason gives some great counsel on how to approach this topic with a pastoral sensitivity.
Below you will find this information summarized in a series of his blog posts. I heartily commend them to you and encourage you to wrestle with this issue within your own church. For those who have been singing Psalms in your services long before we even began to think about it (I know you are out there and read this blog), there are some helpful online resources you may not know about that Jason has packaged well that may aid in your continual pursuit to be faithful in this task.
I hope you find this helpful…
The Psalms: Truly Persistent Songs is a series of posts by Jason Adkins, an assistant pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church and author of the blog, The Persistence of Song. Jason argues for the recovery of Psalm-singing in congregational worship. The three part series also features resources and practical insights on incorporating musical Psalms into the worship of the church.
The Psalms: Truly Persistent Songs– an introduction to the series
The Rhyme and Reason of Psalm-Singing– subtle and simple arguments for the (re-) inclusion of Psalm-Singing in congregational worship
The Practicalities of Psalmody– resources and guidance for incorporating musical Psalms in congregational worship
If you have any additional insights or thoughts on this question, please feel free to share them.