29 Ways to Use This Book:
1. Learn memory verses--Song lyrics are all taken word-for-word from the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament of the Bible. Memorization aid!
2. Sing new songs--Original tunes are included.
3. Sing old songs--Return to folk songs, spirituals, camp songs, rounds, and other traditional melodies from our musical history.
4. Sing with others--All songs are suitable for group singing. Five rounds are included for sectional singing. Several songs have two parts (e.g. Psalms 60 and 113); one song has solo notes (Psalm 21).
5. Play piano--Arrangements are suitable for piano students at levels 1 to 4.
6. Play guitar--Chord diagrams are included for every song.
7. Play handbells--Many songs are suitable for bell choirs (See especially Psalm 12.).
8. Make & play rhythm instruments--Make or use drums, tambourines, castanets, maracas, etc. as accompaniment to the songs (Psalms 118 and 149 are good examples.).
9. Dramatize--Act out the stories in the songs using large body movements, facial expressions, or mime.
10. Do finger plays--Using finger motions, act out the words of the songs (Psalm 8 is a good example.).
11. Learn about Bible-time instruments--See the special boxes at the end of various songs, giving Psalm facts and describing some of the instruments used in Psalm music (e.g., page 190).
12. Study science--Many songs are springboards for talking about seasons of the year, animal life, and the wonders of nature (Psalm 135 is one example.).
13. Develop art skills--Illustrate what the words mean to you while someone sings or plays the melodies.
14. Color--Use crayons, watercolors, or colored pencils to fill in the line drawings prepared for over 40 of these Psalms.
15. Study emotions of people through the themes of the Psalms. See the subject index to find specific emotions such as anger, pride, or joy.
16. Pray--Use songs as prayers, either sung or spoken (e.g., Psalm 61). You will find that most of the Psalms are prayers.
20. Use in family devotions--With 150 Psalms, devotions in the Psalms could stretch for almost five months! You may choose to read one complete Psalm a day, sing the corresponding song, and pray together.
21. Use in homeschools--Because the Book of Psalms covers so many themes, lessons cross the curriculum in subject areas such as teaching values, history, science, poetry, and music. Psalms are also helpful springboards back to Biblical characters, their struggles, joy, and faith.
22. Use in Sunday School--Students in preschool will enjoy finger plays, dramatization, singing the simpler songs and learning many of the short verses. Primary and intermediate students will find the majority of songs on their level for extended Bible verse memorization.
23. Use in children's church--All of the songs have been written, compiled, and arranged for worshipping God.
24. Use with youth groups and choirs--Junior and junior high groups can sing these Psalms and then write their own psalms of praise. Choir leaders will find excellent material for seasonal services and church holidays.
25. Use at summer camp--Cabins can divide the Psalms and use their themes and tunes for campfires, skits, class study, and worship times.
26. Use in public or religious schools--Teachers will be creative here!
27. Use in piano lessons--Excellent supplementary material for sight reading or semiannual recitals. Songs are written in almost every key signature.
28. Use in guitar lessons--Since Psalms began as accompaniment on stringed instruments, this is a natural!
29. Use in Vacation Bible School--A ready resource of songs, prayers, and fillers for classes that extend longer than planned.
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