Bradley Johnston, in his book "150 Questions about the Psalter", asks a great question for us to consider together as we worship the Lord and draw upon the wondrous resources found in the Psalms.
He asks a personal and pointed question: “What mindset should singers have as they sing a particular psalm?”
In reply, he writes:
As we sing a particular psalm, we should have a mindset focused clearly upon heaven, where Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father. We should be consciously lifting our souls to the Lord and praying for the strength and guidance of His Spirit, who enables us to turn away from sin, to rest in God’s abundant provision, and to walk in the ways of righteousness. (p 51)
I don’t know about you but I certainly can attest to the fact that it can be a challenge to adopt this proper mindset while singing the psalms or even in the time leading up to our singing. It’s easy to be distracted (even by the mechanics of singing!) and we can lose sight of the great wonder of bringing our songs before the very throne of God in praise of His Holy and Glorious Name!
May the Lord bless you as you sing!