Book of the Month for January 2015: The Concordia Psalter
Concordia Psalter is a modern psalter that presents the Bible’s ancient hymns for recitation and singing, engaging Christians in singing the psalmody of the Church.
As the Church’s hymnbook, singing and reciting Psalms has been part of the devotional life of Christians since the beginning of the Church. There have been Psalters in English since the Coverdale translation of Psalms was first introduced in the Book of Common Prayer’s 1662 revision. With the adoption of Lutheran Service Book, there is a need for a new Psalter, using modern English and more contemporary musical settings. Using the same translation and setting of the psalms in daily devotions and Sunday worship has a great advantage for learning and memorizing the psalms. Each psalm has been pointed and psalm tones have been provided for easy reference. To aid in meditation of the Psalms, short prayers accompany each psalm.
“The theology of the Reformation is filled with the language of the psalms. This was no accident. As a friar, Luther sang and prayed the entire psalter often. The Psalms are meant for singing in public and private personal worship. Presenting the ESV psalter with new and well-known Lutheran Service Book psalm tones and concluding psalm prayers, the Concordia Psalter is an ideal resource for praying and singing the church's first hymnal. After all, it is true that “he who sings prays twice.” Our Lord Jesus knew the psalms well. He still prays for His church. Recover regular use of the psalter in your own prayer life with Concordia Psalter.”
—Rev. Paul J Cain, Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheridan, Wyoming; Editor of Liturgy, Hymnody, and Pulpit Quarterly Book Review