The Psalms Our Hymnbook of Dominion

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There is a very important connection between the Church's worldvie w and the Church's hymns. If your heart and mouth are filled with songs of victory, you will tend to have an eschatology of dominion; if, instead, your songs are fearful, expressing a longing for escape - or if they are weak, childish ditties - your worldview and expectations will be escapist and childish.

Historically, the basic hymnbook for the Church has been the Book of Psalms. The largest book of the Bible is the Book of Psalms, and God providentially placed it right in the middle of the Bible, so that we couldn't miss it! Yet how many churches use the Psalms in musical worship? It is noteworthy that the Church '5 abandonment of dominion eschatology coincided with the Church's abandonment of the Psalms.

The Psalms are inescapably Kingdom-oriented. They are full of conquest, victory, and the dominion of the saints. They remind us constantly of the warfare between God and Satan, they incessantly call us to do battle against the forces of evil, and they promise us that we shall inherit the earth. When the Church sang the Psalms - not just little snatches of them, but comprehensively, through the whole Psalter — she was strong, healthy, aggressive, and could not be stopped. That is why the devil has sought to keep us from singing the Psalms, to rob us of our inheritance. If we are to recapture the eschatology of dominion, we must reform the Church; and a crucial aspect of that reformation should be a return to the singing of Psalms. Listen to the historic hymns of the victorious Church:

All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations will worship before Thee. (Ps. 22:27)

For evildoers will be cut off,

But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the earth.

Yet a little while, and the wicked man will be no more;

And you will look carefully for his place, and he will not be.

But the meek will inherit the earth,

And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.

Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has wrought desolations in the earth. He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots with fire. Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. (Ps. 46:8-10)

O clap your hands, all peoples; Shout to God with the voice of joy. For the LORD Most High is to be feared, A great King over all the earth. He subdues peoples under us, And nations under our feet. (Ps. 47:1-3)

All the earth will worship Thee,

And will sing praises to Thee;

They will sing praises to Thy name. (Ps. 66:4)

He will rule from sea to sea,

And from the River to the ends of the earth.

The nomads of the desert will bow before Him;

And His enemies will lick the dust.

The kings of Tarshish and of the islands will bring presents;

The kings of Sheba and Seba will offer gifts.

All kings will bow down before Him;

All nations will serve Him. (Ps. 72:8-11)

All nations whom Thou hast made shall come and worship before Thee, 0 Lord;

And they shall glorify Thy name. (Ps. 86:9)

All the kings of the earth will give thanks to Thee, O Lord,

When they have heard the words of Thy mouth.

And they will sing of the ways of the Lord;

Let the godly ones exult in glory;

Let them sing for joy on their beds.

Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,

And a two-edged sword in their hand,

To execute vengeance on the nations,

And punishment on the peoples;

To bind their kings with chains,

And their nobles with fetters of iron;

To execute on them the judgment written;

This is an honor for all His godly ones.

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