Blessed Is the Man: A Man's Journey Through the Psalms (Psalms of Lament). St. Louis: Concordia, 2010. 226 Pages. Paper. $9.99. http://www.cph.org/ (LHP)
Hallel: Selections from The Book of Psalms for Worship. Pittsburgh: Crown and Covenant Publications, 2011. Audio CD. $15.00. www.crownandcovenant.com (H)
Take six weeks and study through the psalms of lament on your own, or with a group of men at your congregation. Study a psalm a week. Each week begins with the full psalm in ESV. Daily study segments include a portion of the psalm, a meditation, prayer, and study questions. Each week concludes with Luther's commentary on the psalm and a two-page reproducible group Bible study.
We were pleased to receive two more CDs of recordings of selections from The Book of Psalms for Worship (and the latest edition of that Psalter). In addition, we would like to feature a new version of the Grail Psalter and three volumes of Psalm settings intended for use in liturgical churches.
Our original review of The Book of Psalms for Worship (hereafter BPW) is one of QBR's most popular blog posts (http://lhpqbr.blogspot.com/2010/11/hymnody-review-psalms.html; See also http://lhpqbr.blogspot.com/2011/04/liturgy-and-hymnody-review-psalms-hymns.html)
During the Last Supper, Christ and his disciples celebrated the Passover meal, which traditionally includes the singing of the Hallel, Psalms 113-118. When Matthew records that "after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives," that hymn is understood to be from the Hallel.
Of the tunes used for these psalms in BPW, only two are familiar to Lutherans: HENDON (113A, LSB 784) and ST. ANNE (115, LSB 733).
Psalm 1A is particularly memorable when sung to ELLACOME. CLEVELAND's soulful tune shows the hope evident in Psalm 13B. St. COLUMBA worthily supports a more literal version of Psalm 23A. Mozart's AMADEUS provides a wonderful opportunity for a choir to share Psalm 28A with a congregation.
Why? I can only give educated guesses.
LSB ThreeYear Psalm Index by Liturgical Date
Thank you to our generous friends at Crown and Covenant Publications!
This long-awaited revision appears to be more accurate, artistic, and singable than the original 1963 Grail Psalter. Psalm 1 has "Blessed, " a much better choice than "Happy" in so many psalters. "There is nothing I shall want" (Psalm 23) is not as clear as it could be. One has to know the difference between "wanting" something and being "in want."
According to his website, purchasers will receive a CD included with Bulletin Inserts and the Congregational Responses. The Psalter CD includes everything for all three Cycles. We were pleased to spend some time looking over and singing through three spiral-bound editions.