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To those who reject Exclusive Psalmody

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by , 03-05-2013 at 08:22 PM (1938 Views)
Quote Originally Posted by Cymro View Post
From personal experience which is not exaggerated, I have found that to be EP is to be a figure of
archaism and suspicion. Though not militant in expressing my conviction, when asked about it my
response draws out a number of carnal, not spiritual disagreements. Eg, You are trying to introduce
Scottish practice into a Welsh scenario! Or, This is our tradition! Or, The Name of Jesus is not found in the Psalms!
No biblical arguments are forthcoming. There is a lamentable ignorance even of our religious history, as
Wales was a psalm singing nation up until the great 1737 revival and its aftermath. There is only one psalm singing
church left in my nation at this present time. When hymns came in the psalms went out. Just as when feast days came
back, the Sabbath went out. And when it is stated that the Name of Jesus is not sung in the psalms, I am reminded of
an old Free Church of Scotland Minister of better days saying, "where in the psalms is Christ not to be found." His other Names and
offices abound. And there is more of the workings of our Lord's heart and soul in the sacred psalter than in the gospels!
My nation is famed for its choral hymn singing, but the only time one hears a psalm sung is at the grave side,
when Ps23 is sung. Believe me, hymns are more preferred than singing the word of God. One other point is relevant.
A Prof Wok, an American Presbyterian at about 1900, investigated several contemporary hymn books. He found he could
not find 9 consecutive hymns that did not contain error. Consider the multiplicity of hymn books in all the denominations,
and the natural and logical degeneracy to vacuous chorus singing. David was the sweet Psalmist of Israel, and held it in type For Christ.
This office has not been replaced in the NT, nor anyone commissioned to succeed.

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  1. whirlingmerc's Avatar
    In the book of Colossians, the singing is part of a section encouraging the church ( as you in the plural ) to teach one another with all wisdom ( a phrase Paul used of himself earlier in the book in teaching the Colossians ). I think a Psalms only approach might protect from eccentricities and shallow songs, but does it meet the standards of all wisdom in the sense there could not be greater clarity regarding Jesus? It seems to be greater clarity is now possible and so in good conscience I would use other songs as well.
  2. RTaron's Avatar
    G.I. Williamson, an OPC minister who spent most of his life defending the singing of psalms in the church said that the opposition to EP always boiled down to statements like yours whirlingmerc, that the psalms are insufficient.
  3. whirlingmerc's Avatar
    Yes, held the minority view in the OPC on that. The minority view may sometimes be true.

    So, would you also not sing Psalm-like passages from the Old testament not in the book of Psalms? or songs based on other parts of the Bible?
  4. RTaron's Avatar
    I love to sing the psalms because the Lord wrote them for us to sing to him.
  5. Cymro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by whirlingmerc
    Yes, held the minority view in the OPC on that. The minority view may sometimes be true.

    So, would you also not sing Psalm-like passages from the Old testament not in the book of Psalms? or songs based on other parts of the Bible?
    Why try to compose alternatives to a God given Psalter? !50 psalms are enough
    for our minds to absorb and our mouths to sing with, "understanding" And what authority do you or I have to try and excel the Divine word. By what authority
    do denominations of whatever hue, foist upon the church their selection of man inspired poetry. Christ is the Word, and He composed the sacred psalter, which testifies of Him.
    Other Scriptures are for expounding, the psalms for singing primarily Though of course the psalms too are to be used for exposition. I notice preachers are
    quite happy to preach from the psalms but strangely reluctant to introduce them
    into their congregations for singing.
  6. Cymro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by whirlingmerc
    Yes, held the minority view in the OPC on that. The minority view may sometimes be true.

    So, would you also not sing Psalm-like passages from the Old testament not in the book of Psalms? or songs based on other parts of the Bible?
    Why try to compose alternatives to a God given Psalter? 150 psalms are enough
    for our minds to absorb and our mouths to sing with, "understanding And what authority do you or I have to try and excel the Divine word. By what authority
    do denominations of whatever hue, foist upon the church their selection of man inspired poetry. Christ is the Word, and He composed the sacred psalter, which testifies of Him.
    Other Scriptures are for expounding, the psalms for singing primarily Though of course the psalms too are to be used for exposition. I notice preachers are
    quite happy to preach from the psalms but strangely reluctant to introduce them
    into their congregations for singing.
  7. RTaron's Avatar
    Cymro said "And what authority do you or I have to try and excel the Divine word." Yes, there is no comparison to the Divine word, it is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
  8. Cymro's Avatar
    Have you considered this fellow pilgrims?
    It is not only the singing of psalms that is the biblical imperative for true worship, but consider, that it is singing through UNION with Christ, that makes it worship. He is the leader of praise, the chief musician, the choir master; offices that are fulfilled in no one else but Him in the NT. He declares himself in Psalm22:23,"My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation." Of which Heb2:12 records Christ saying,
    "In the midst of the church , I will sing praise unto Thee."
    Through His presence in the congregation, and by our union in Him, and through the Spirit of Christ in us, then it is that true worship is rendered. The Word singing His own word, not vocally
    but efficaciously through His union with His people.
    How can He lead the great congregation in the singing of human compositions and ignore and reject His own manual of praise? How can He participate or lead if we use poetic licence which in many instances contain error or unseemly expressions? Putting into resurrected lips into which grace is poured,the carnal not spiritual.
    He is the true choirmaster that leads our worship to the Father
    by using "acceptable words," (words of delight)."even words of truth from the Master of assemblies."
    Brethren this is a solemn thought to have Christ leading our singing, can you contemplate Him leading the hymn, "There is power, wonder working power in the blood?"

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