The Sing to the Lord psalter hymnal was assembled by a committee appointed by the 2002 Synod of the Reformed Churches of New Zealand. The committee's mandate, in summary, was to:

  1. Select poetic Psalm versions faithful to Scripture.
  2. Select hymns in significant quantity for the various preferences in our churches.
  3. Solicit contributions from a wide cross section of our membership.

Singing the Psalms

Many churches throughout the world highly value the singing of the biblical Psalms – many of which were written for God’s people to sing, and are God’s blueprint for good Christian song. Here is an article on singing Psalms outlining how they are satisfying both emotionally and doctrinally.[credits]

These are the features of the Psalms section of this psalter hymnal:

These features help make memorising of the the Psalms easier and, if sung regularly in churches and families, will help us and our children become very familiar with the Bible's songbook.

October 2008 saw the arrival of a provisional printing of just the psalter: Sing to the Lord (provisional). This was well-received, and was out of stock after some 2000 copies. This provisional printing of the Psalms is now included as the first section of the full hymnal.

The complete Sing to the Lord hymnal had its first printing late in 2013 and became available for order in 2014.

It’s in a Book

Having church hymnody in a traditional book has several advantages that presentation such as digital projection does not share. Book form allows:

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16)