“Sing to the Lord, bless His name;
Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
Tell of His glory among the nations,
His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.
For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised”
What kinds of verbs do you see here? Are they action verbs or being verbs? What are the verbs you see? Sing, bless, proclaim, tell, and praised.
These verbs are describing an action, a calling that David is proclaiming to us. Now look at that first line, “Sing to the Lord, bless His name” What kind of sentence is that? Is it declarative, imperative, what is it? It is imperative. And what does that mean? It is a command, a calling. David is reaching out to us and calling us, and commanding us, to sing to the Lord and bless his name.
Notice what kind of action these verbs have: sing, bless, proclaim, and tell. They are all calling you to use your voice to praise the Lord; to tell of his salvation every day, to tell of his glory and make it known to all. We are being told to SPEAK UP, to not be silent, but to proclaim his glory from the rooftops.
At Covenant, we greatly emphasize speech. In our chants, Singing Bible songs, Harkness table discussions, Chapel Call-out, even as I am giving a speech to you right now. We are being prepared to speak to the world. When you recite your Bible verse in class, it may seem as if it is pointless, but you are actually being given answers, answers to questions that you have not even been asked yet. You are being prepared by knowing the Word.
Now older students, when we have round table discussions, we too are being prepared so that we might know how to listen to others, reflect upon what they have said, and evaluate the truth of ideas. And, then, as you will see as each Rhetoric student comes up here throughout the year, we are learning how to express our ideas to you, how to take what we have learned in Grammar School, to evaluate the truth of other ideas like it, and to communicate it to you. We are learning how to speak, how to proclaim the good tidings of His salvation, to tell of his glory among all the nations. We are being commanded to speak out against the silence to tell of the Lord’s grace, goodness, and salvation; to sing, to bless, to proclaim, and to tell of his glory!
As Christians we are not to be silent, as a school we are not to be silent, as children of God I am calling all of us here to not. be. silent.
As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.
This week’s Chapel presentation was given by Lydia, one of our twelfth grade students (pictured above).