Additional Editorial Notes

Translations:

This volume draws upon multiple translations, representing a variety of Christian traditions:

  • The initial presentation of a psalm text is taken from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).
  • Lectionary-based responsorial psalms are taken from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (Augsburg Fortress Press), a text used in a wide variety of ecumenical settings.
  • Other translations or paraphrases include the New International Version (NIV), the New Living Translation (NLT), Eugene Peterson’s The Message, Calvin Seerveld’s Voicing God’s Psalms (Eerdman’s Publishing Company), the Book of Common Prayer (BCP), Common Worship: Daily Prayer, and the Psalter for the Christian People, each of which is identified.

Use of LORD and Lord:

Modern Bible translations indicate the use of the Tetragrammaton (the four-letter Hebrew name for God, “YHWH”) using all capital letters, as in LORD. When the sources of the musical settings indicated the use of the Tetragrammaton with LORD or GOD, this was maintained. When text writers did not intend to make such distinctions, no further editorial attempts were made to reconcile their versification to the use of the Tetragrammaton in the psalm. The use of the word “Jehovah” has been avoided.

Additional Editorial Notes

Please turn to pages viii-x of Psalms for All Seasons for information on the following topics:

  • Use of the Gloria Patri
  • Psalm Prayers
  • Chords for Guitar and Keyboard
  • Performing Songs with Refrains
  • Use of Time Signatures and Barlines
  • Performance Notes
  • Lectionary Use
  • Indexes

Additional Resources

This book provides a feast of resources. When we sit down to a festive meal we can approach the abundance with such enthusiasm and consume so much at one time that we lose our appetite for more. Or we can approach the feast with wisdom, taking only as much as we can enjoy, savoring each taste. You are encouraged to take the second approach. Begin where you and your community are most comfortable. Explore in small doses approaches outside your comfort zone. Savor the feast.