David Rogers Ministries

The use of Psalms in Worship

The Psalms enable us to express in worship our feelings and emotions that can be difficult to do in public worship. Psalms still relate too many of the situations that we can find ourselves in today. We are able to express our concerns to God through the Psalms and ask for his help. When we reflect or meditate on them they can help us focus our thoughts and prayer on God and our world.

The writers of the Psalms were addressing real life situation, although it has to be noted that the historical titles may have been added later. The Psalms of David were inspired by the different circumstances he faced. When he was persecuted he called on God for protection and for the punishment of the enemies so we can relate them to situation we may encounter, he also wrote many Psalms praising God.

Psalms still have a practical relevance today enabling us to express our concerns; this is why Christians still use Psalms in today’s worship. Psalm 8 praises God the creator, and has a remainder of human beings responsibility to care for creation. Modern worshipers will be aware of what a wonderful world God has created and the large amount of damage mankind has done to God’s creation

Other Psalms for example 51 prays for forgiveness and confession of sin, also vows to help others come to God and make sacrifices acceptable to God. Psalm 52 looks at the wicked and 52 the depravity of man. They challenged us to think about our faith, our own behaviour and that of others. Psalms cover a wide range of topics which include praise, thanksgivings for individual and community, laments both individual and of community. Songs of Trust, liturgies, pilgrimages songs, historical psalms, and penitential psalms. So there is plenty of scope for us to use psalms in our worship to express our feelings.   

 (Take a look at the example below of worship using Psalms)

Worshiping with Psalms (An example worship using psalms)

  • We could start our worship with Psalm 100: Make a joyful noise to the lord, all people exhorted to praise God

  • We can give thank for what God has done using Psalm 9: Praise to God for deliverance. I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all thy wonderful deeds.

  • We can reflect on the work God has done in history with Psalms 105 and 6

  • Praise God for what he has done with Psalm 113 a hymn of praise to God, Praise the Lord, Praise O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.

  • Use Psalm 28 in our intercessions as we pray for help and 35 a prayer for help from persecution, from slanderers, from haters.

  • Ending the worship with; Psalm 150: Let everything praise the Lord.

​​There are a number of basic elements in church worship, hymns or songs of praise, Bible readings and prayer. Below are some examples which will change on a regular basis. ​

The Bible reading is John 3.1-17. There is also a prayer to help you with your meditations and a hymn on the You Tube link. Hymn: '"Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God" was written by the American songwriter Karen Lafferty in 1972. It is performed here by Keswick Live. On Chet Valley Churches You Tube channel 


John 3.1-17.
The nighttime enquiry.

There was a Jewish leader named Nicodemus, who belonged to the party of the Pharisees. One night he went to Jesus and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher sent by God. No one could perform the miracles you are doing unless God were with him." Jesus answered, "I am telling you the truth: no one can see the Kingdom of God without being born again." "How can a grown man be born again?" Nicodemus asked. "He certainly cannot enter his mother's womb and be born a second time!" "I am telling you the truth," replied Jesus, "that no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. A person is born physically of human parents but is born spiritually of the Spirit. Do not be surprised because I tell you that you must all be born again. The wind blows wherever it wishes; you hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. It is like that with everyone who is born of the Spirit." "How can this be?" asked Nicodemus. Jesus answered, "You are a great teacher in Israel, and you don't know this? I am telling you the truth: we speak of what we know and report what we have seen, yet none of you is willing to accept our message. You do not believe me when I tell you about the things of this world; how will you ever believe me, then, when I tell you about the things of heaven? And no one has ever gone up to heaven except the Son of Man, who came down from heaven." As Moses lifted the bronze snake on a pole in the desert, in the same way the Son of Man must be lifted, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. 

For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its saviour. ​


    You Tube link to hymn


O living God, Sovereign of the universe, in love you have made us, in love you sustain us day by day. You are the Father who protects us and provides for us; the Son who lived and died and rose again in our midst; the Spirit who moves amongst us with energy, like the wind. You are all these and you share our hope and dreams. We adore you.

O living God as we think of your greatness, we feel very small and weak and fragile. As we think of your loving concern for all people, your forgiveness and mercy, we know we have not always been as loving as we might be. But you welcome us, and you accept us, with a kindness like arms opened wide. Help us to feel the warmth of your understanding love, and to know ourselves held in your friendship forever. 

​ Amen

Why go to Church: 
In the Bible people still went to worship God even though the church leaders were not the best example of those who were seek to worship and follow the ways of God taught in the Bible. For those of us that believe in God and seek to follow the teachings of Jesus, worship and prayer is an important part of life.

Going to church enables me to sing hymns and songs that normally help me to express my feelings in unison with others who share my beliefs. Prayer helps me to reflect and join with others in expressing concern for others in need. The Sermon and talks help me to reflect or meditate on how my faith and the Bibles teaching can be applied to my life. There is important contact and fellowship with others and sometimes an opportunity to help others in a practical way.  

I am aware that I do not enjoy every style of worship or feel comfortable in some churches, although it is important that we go to a church that we feel comfortable in. If there is not a church I wish to join, or when I am away, I go to a church which is closes to my own. As a Presbyterian, I know that a Lutheran or Reformed Church, or Congregational Church are all closest to my own preferred style of worship, but  that does not mean I will always feel comfortable in them. My first priority is to worship, even if the congregation does not make me feel welcome. Normally congregations do make you feel welcome even if there are only six other people in the church. Too often people judge a church by the numbers attending but for me it is the content of the worship that is most important. I advocate that if you believe in God and want to find out more about the teaching of Jesus, as well as developing your faith, then regular church worship is an important part of this.

Look forward to seeing you in church.       

Going regularly to church worship is an important part of the life of a Christian as people seek to develop a close relationship with God and reflect on how we can apply the teachings of Jesus Christ in the 21st Century. I hope the Bible reading, prayer and Hymn below will help your personal reflections.