Why do we sing or speak a psalm?

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Why do we read or sing a psalm after hearing that our sins are forgiven for Jesus’ sake?

We read or sing a psalm of praise after the confession and absolution because we are thankful to God for His mercy and forgiveness in Christ Jesus and because God desires and calls upon us to praise His name.

The Bible says:

“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” Psalm 95:2

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

“Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.” Psalm 30:4

“Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” Psalm 106:1

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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