today we may feel that we don't need the psalms. we have so much modern praise and worship music that the market is flooded with new songs and new bands and new slick marketing techniques to try and get you to buy it all and use it at your church. and if that isn't quite your flavor, we have plenty of hymnals available, so that you can sing the old standards, the great songs of our faith, most of which are a couple hundred years old or so. to paraphrase n.t. wright, when we neglect, ignore, or forget the psalms as our first hymnbook, we are like children who have been led up to the edge of niagara falls that they might look out and behold its incredible strength and beauty, but they have instead been content to keep their heads down and play with their video games. we have settled for something far inferior.
so let us embrace the psalms. let us read them in our own homes. let us quote them at our meals. let us sing them in our churches. let us pray them in our hours of darkness. let us dance them in our moments of elation. let us know them deep within our souls. they are songs of life.