Where in the world did the name “Psalm Swords and Gospel Towers” come from?
My plan for 2014 is to read through the entire New Testament once, through the Psalms four times, and through Proverbs once a month. In the middle of January, I noticed Ben Myers (@FaithTheology) started a Twitter project tweeting the Psalms.
I thought this was a spectacular idea, so I started tweeting the psalms as well. The #psalmtweet for Psalm 95 was
Guard your hearts from sin by singing! Stand firm against evil by shouts of joyful praise!
The psalm begins with calls for exuberant praise of Yahweh. Then the psalm pivots sharply to warn against committing the same sins as the wilderness generation, who refused to trust and thank God for the myriad ways He lavished grace on them. It seemed to me that the joyful praise of the first half of the psalm was the intended defense against the apostasy described in the second. Hence the tweet, and hence “Psalm Swords.”
We have more than the Psalms, obviously. Singing and praying the Psalms now is a fuller, richer experience because Jesus fulfills, answers, embodies, and completes the Psalms.
- When they sing of God being a refuge and fortress, we experience that in the salvation Jesus provides: He is the refuge from the wrath we deserve.
- When they sing of God’s greatness and long for His presence, we know that our acceptance and access to God is bought by Jesus’ perfect sacrifice.
- When they sing of God’s judgment on enemies, we know that Jesus is returning to right every wrong and throw every evil–even death itself–into the lake of fire.
- When they beg for forgiveness and mercy, we know that Jesus guarantees the forgiveness and mercy of God to us.
That’s the rationale behind “Gospel Towers.”
Putting the two together, then, my hope is to record various observations on the Scriptures in hopes of being an encouragement to love and trust Jesus as Savior and King.