To those who reject Exclusive Psalmody
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.