Bill Chellis says it’s in the works. He’s not entirely happy with it and blames those over 45 for an inordinate desire to fit into the spirit of the age. Well, just having turned 47 I would be outraged but I’m too tired.
The Word of God is, by the very fact that it is God’s Word, is always relevant. It’s God’s Word. Rather than focusing on my latest religious experience, God’s Word focuses on God’s attributes, God’s saving Word and work in Christ. Virtually every sabbath I am impressed by the fact that in place of every man-made, uninspired hymn or contemporary song, there is some passage in God’s Word that would be more appropriate to sing, more relevant to the service and sermon, more applicable to the lives of the saints, and more focused on God’s grace in Christ. This is my answer to those who say, “But we want to sing songs that explicitly mention Christ.” Well, the writer to the Hebrews didn’t have any trouble finding a text from which to preach Christ. He did it from Ps 110. If we want to sing songs that explicitly mention Jesus, there are NT passages that could be set to music and sung in corporate worship.
I’ve been arguing that what we need isn’t so much a new translation of the psalter but rather new tunes. While I’m at it. There was a new metrical version of the psalter published. Whether singing from the old RP psalter or some other version it’s essential that the congregation sing God’s Word in response to God’s Word. Here’s some help in picking a psalm for worship.