We lift up the psalms to God as our prayers. We borrow the language of these ancient texts, and they become our works. We are not secondhand recipients of God's Word, but communicants actively in conversation with God. What seems to set the psalms apart from the rest of Scripture is their sacramental nature, their unique ability to mold and transform the believer.
The Psalter for Christian Worship reclaims the psalms for congregational worship with new texts set to familiar hymnal tunes.
Special features of the Updated Version: The Old Testament flavor of the Psalter is retained with new sensitivity to imagery and inclusive language; all 150 psalms have been converted into hymns of reasonable length to be sung in church; an index of suggested hymn tunes; and an index for liturgical use.