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    Pro and Anti-Exclusive Psalmody-no instruments- leading literature please

    Could you please recommend what would be considered the leading works for and against instrumental worship and Psalms only singing?

    I am particularly interested in the leading literature that seeks to refute the psalms only no instrument position. Also, I would be particularly interested in internet articles (they are free!!!).

    Many thanks,
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    Girardeau against instrumental music in the public worship of God free:
    http://www.fpcr.org/girardeau/Girard...al%20Music.htm
    Several psalmody releated articles here:
    http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/articles.htm
    The fullest argument for exclusive psalmody is Bushell's Songs of Zion which is available from Crown and Covenant. http://tinyurl.com/nbvl9 (but says out of print temporarily).
    An older treatment by the RPs and ARPs of the mid 19th century is here:
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    In addition to what Chris has mentioned, let me suggest Brian Schwertley's articles:
    http://reformedonline.com/view/reformedonline/music.htm
    http://reformedonline.com/view/reformedonline/psalm.htm

    He also interacts with modern opponents of exclusive psalmody such as John Frame http://reformedonline.com/view/reformedonline/frame.htm
    and Steve Schlissel http://reformedonline.com/view/refor.../schlissel.htm
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    Here are a few recommended resources on my list:

    Best RPW/EP/Musical Instruments Sources (* means especially worth reading)

    * The Psalms in Worship by J. McNaughter available http://www.amazon.com

    * The Songs of Zion by Michael Bushell available http://www.amazon.com

    * Catechism on Praise by Alexander Blaikie available http://www.apuritansmind.com/Puritan...smOnPraise.htm

    A Puritans Mind -- http://www.apuritansmind.com/Puritan...vePsalmody.htm

    http://www.apuritansmind.com/Puritan...ipMainPage.htm

    Covenanter Exclusive Psalmody -- http://www.covenanter.org/Worship/Psalmody/psalmody.htm

    Covenanter Musical Instruments -- http://www.covenanter.org/Worship/in...entalmusic.htm

    James Begg Society on Worship -- http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~jbeggs...c.html#worship

    Crown & Covenant Publications -- http://www.psalms4u.com/

    Worship Articles -- http://members.aol.com/rsichurch/worship.html

    * A Brief Examination of Exclusive Psalmody by Brian Schwertley available http://www.reformed.com/pub/psalms.htm

    * Sola Scriptura and the Regulative Principle of Worship by Brian Schwertley available http://www.reformed.com/pub/sola.htm

    * Musical Instruments in the Public Worship of God by Brian Schwertley available http://www.reformed.com/pub/music.htm

    The Singing of Psalms in the Worship of God by G.I. Williamson available http://www.psalms4u.com/

    * Instrumental Music in the Worship of God by John L. Girardeau available here: http://crownrights.com/store/product...products_id=66

    and here: http://www.covenanter.org/Girardeau/...entalmusic.htm

    Instrumental Music in Christian Worship by Robert Nevin

    What Early Christians Believed About Using Instrumental Music available at
    http://www.bible.ca/H-music.htm

    * Old Light on New Worship by John Price
    http://www.banneroftruth.org/pages/a...detail.php?907

    * James Begg Society on Worship: http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~jbeggs...c.html#worship

    Puritan Worship by William Young available http://www.apuritansmind.com/Puritan...ePrinciple.htm

    The OPC Minority Report on Psalmody by John Murray and William Young available http://members.aol.com/RSICHURCH/song1.html

    Worship in the Presence of God by Frank J. Smith and David C. Lachman

    * The Worship of God by Malcolm Watts and David Silversides available http://www.psalms4u.com/

    *Puritan Preface to the 1673 Psalter available http://www.cprf.co.uk/quotes/prefacescottishpsalter.htm

    The Westminster Assembly and Psalm Singing available http://www.cprf.co.uk/quotes/westmin...almsinging.htm

    *Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Quotes) available http://www.cprf.co.uk/quotes/psalmsh...itualsongs.htm

    What About Hymns? (Quotes) available http://www.cprf.co.uk/quotes/whatabouthymns.htm

    *John Calvin's Preface to the 1543 Genevan Psalter available http://www.apuritansmind.com/Puritan...acePsalter.htm

    The True Psalmody by Francis Church -- see the preface here: http://www.loughbrickland.org/articles/cooke.shtml

    Arguments in Favor of the Regulative Principle of Worship by T. David Gordon available http://www.reformedprescambridge.com...Principle.html

    John Brown of Haddington'ss Notes on the Psalms of David in Metre -- http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/Psalter0.htm

    A Pathway to the Psalter by William Binnie available http://www.solid-ground-books.com/se...rchtext=binnie

    Hymns, Heretics & History by Louis F. DeBoer available http://www.amprpress.com/hymns_&_heretics.htm

    * Singing of Psalms: The Duty of Christians Under the New Testament by Thomas Ford available http://www.heritagebooks.org/item.asp?bookId=2775

    War Psalms of the Prince of Peace: Lessons from the Imprecatory Psalms by James E. Adams available at http://www.psalms4u.com/

    * Sing the Lord's Song: Biblical Psalms in Worship by John Keddie available http://www.heritagebooks.org/item.asp?bookId=2633

    * Anarchy in Worship by James Begg

    *Gospel Worship by Archibald Hall

    *Gospel Worship by Jeremiah Burroughs available http://www.solid-ground-books.com/index.asp

    * Essay on Psalmody by William Romaine available http://www.apuritansmind.com/Puritan...vePsalmody.htm

    * Recommended Books on the Regulative Principle of Worship: http://www.puritanboard.com/forum/vi....php?tid=14221

    The Worship of the English Puritans by Horton Davies available http://www.graceandtruthbooks.com/

    Make His Praise Glorious by Roy Mohon

    Iain H. Murray The Psalter – the Only Hymnal? A Review and Response by Roy Mohon available at
    http://www.truthzone.co.uk/WHCpsalmsIHM.htm

    God's Hymnbook for the Christian Church by Malcolm Watts available http://www.heritagebooks.org/item.asp?bookId=3005

    Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs by Frederick Leahy available http://www.rpc.org/cgi-bin/books.cgi

    Psalm Singing: A Reformed Heritage by Rev. J. Kortering available http://www.prca.org/pamphlets/pamphlet_37.html

    The Psalms in Human Life by Rowland Prothero available http://hub.dataline.net.au/~kendall/...lms/index.html

    The Psalms in History and Biography by John Ker available at
    http://www.cvbbs.com/inventory.php?t...68c4411ec17bf0

    Commentary on the Psalms by David Dickson (see his comments on Psalm 150 here: http://boston.server101.com/dickson_music_150.htm and on Psalm 4 here: http://www.covenantofgrace.com/dicks...nstruments.htm)

    Annotations on the Pentateuch and Psalms by Henry Ainsworth

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    Wow! Many thanks... any things for...

    the other side of the position?

    Thanks again,
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    Originally posted by austinbrown2
    the other side of the position?

    Thanks again,
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    John Frame, Worship in Spirit and Truth

    There is also a good discussion of the RPW in the 2005 and 2006 Confessional Presbyterian Journal (see Naphtali Press' sig). The articles are good because you can find who the major proponents of the opposite position are.
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    I have myself tried to find anti-RPW, anti-exclusive psalmody, pro-instrument resources -- I haven't found any good ones, however (which probably explains why I still believe in and practice unaccompanied exclusive psalmody ).

    Anti-RPW:
    John Frame, A Fresh Look at the Regulative Principle (Online Article)
    John Frame, Some Questions about the Regulative Principle (Online Article)
    John Frame, Worship in Spirit and Truth: A Refreshing Study of the Principles and Practice of Biblical Worship (Book)
    R. J. Gore, Covenantal Worship: Reconsidering the Puritan Regulative Principle (Book)

    Anti-Exclusive Psalmody:
    William Annan, Letters on Psalmody: A Review of the Leading Arguments for the Exclusive Use of the Book of Psalms (Online Book)
    The Committee on Song in the Public Worship of God (OPC), Report to the Thirteenth General Assembly (Online Paper)
    Lee Irons, Exclusive Psalmody or New Covenant Hymnody? (Online Article)
    Iain H. Murray, The Psalter - The Only Hymnal? (Booklet)
    Vern S. Poythress, Ezra 3, Union with Christ, and Exclusive Psalmody (Part 2) (Online Articles)
    Stephen Pribble, The Regulative Principle and Singing in Worship (Online Article)
    Sovereign Grace Church (Gettysburg, PA), Position Paper on Exclusive Psalmody (Online Paper)

    Pro-Instruments:
    Bob L. Ross, Campbellites, Cow Bells, Rosary Beads, & Snake Handling (Book)

    Please note also that most, if not all, of these resources have been ably answered and refuted by defenders of the regulative principle, and of unaccompanied exclusive psalmody.

    [Edited on 10-7-2006 by Kaalvenist]
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    Originally posted by Kaalvenist

    Anti-RPW:
    John Frame, A Fresh Look at the Regulative Principle (Online Article)
    John Frame, Some Questions about the Regulative Principle (Online Article)
    John Frame, Worship in Spirit and Truth: A Refreshing Study of the Principles and Practice of Biblical Worship (Book)
    Note that John Frame is not only anti-EP, but he is anti RPW. Sean is right on in categorizing him in this way.
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    Originally posted by Kaalvenist
    Please note also that most, if not all, of these resources have been ably answered and refuted by defenders of the regulative principle, and of unaccompanied exclusive psalmody.

    [Edited on 10-7-2006 by Kaalvenist]
    Interesting you put things in such black-and-white terms -- as though anyone who doesn't practice unaccompanied exclusive psalmody is not a "defender of the regulative principle." With all due respect, I believe that you've set up a false dichotomy. Contrary to your opinion, the RPCNA is not the only church that adheres to the regulative principle of worship.
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    Hey for anti-exclusive-psalmody try these;

    WCF,LC, SC, Dir. for Public worship :bigsmile:

    (sorry I could't resist)
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    Quote Originally Posted by VirginiaHuguenot View Post
    The Singing of Psalms in the Worship of God by G.I. Williamson available http://www.psalms4u.com/

    [Edited on 10-8-2006 by VirginiaHuguenot]
    This is available online here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VirginiaHuguenot View Post
    Singing of Psalms: The Duty of Christians Under the New Testament by Thomas Ford available http://www.heritagebooks.org/item.asp?bookId=2775

    [Edited on 10-8-2006 by VirginiaHuguenot]
    This is available online here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
    Hey for anti-exclusive-psalmody try these;

    WCF,LC, SC, Dir. for Public worship :bigsmile:

    (sorry I could't resist)

    I'm looking in the Directory for Publick Worship and all I see are references to singing psalms and everyone having their own Psalter. What were you referring to, exactly?
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    James Dick, Hymns and Hymnbooks
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    Jeffrey Stivason, Sing Psalms or Hymns
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    Quote Originally Posted by VirginiaHuguenot View Post
    Jeffrey Stivason, Sing Psalms or Hymns
    That, my brother, is a good article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaybird0827 View Post
    That, my brother, is a good article.

    This is clear. I'm glad to have read it. I would like to take issue with the author about his definition of the burden of proof. But not here. That's not what this thread is for. But I am glad that he clearly outlined the EP stance in this respect. Thanks for posting it, Andrew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VirginiaHuguenot View Post
    * The Psalms in Worship by J. McNaughter available http://www.amazon.com

    * The Songs of Zion by Michael Bushell available http://www.amazon.com
    I could not find these at Amazon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by austinbrown2 View Post
    the other side of the position?

    Thanks again,
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    I think, but am not sure, that Andrew's list consisted of material supporting both positions. Is this true Andrew?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristopherPaul View Post
    I could not find these at Amazon.
    Here is a link for John McNaugher's book at Amazon. (I think I misspelled his last name before -- sorry!)

    Mike Bushell's book is hard to come by these days. It was on Amazon at the time I wrote the list. Crown and Covenant has it listed but they say both "in stock" and "temporarily out of print." You might see if it is available there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristopherPaul View Post
    I think, but am not sure, that Andrew's list consisted of material supporting both positions. Is this true Andrew?
    My list of resources is from the pro-EP or predominant psalmody positions. I have read many anti-EP resources, but I figure others can provide those if they wish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnV View Post
    This is clear. I'm glad to have read it. I would like to take issue with the author about his definition of the burden of proof. But not here. That's not what this thread is for. But I am glad that he clearly outlined the EP stance in this respect. Thanks for posting it, Andrew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VirginiaHuguenot View Post
    Here is a link for John McNaugher's book at Amazon. (I think I misspelled his last name before -- sorry!)
    Still Waters Revival Books has it as noted here:

    MCNAUGHER, JOHN, ed.

    The Psalms in Worship

    Dr. David Freeman (who was John Murray’s pastor in Philadelphia) said that the Psalms in Worship was the most comprehensive treatment of this subject to be found anywhere. This volume (of almost 600 pages) consists of material presented at two conventions in 1905, promoting the claims of the Psalms in worship. Two articles covering each of 27 related topics comprise this volume, making a total of 54 separate papers (all thoroughly indexed and including a new appendix added by the publisher). Articles included range from argumentative discussions of a doctrinal and critical kind (defending exclusive Psalmody, the regulative principle of worship, etc.), to broader discussions along historical, literary, and practical lines. This is a one of a kind publication and nothing else like it is available today.

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    Thanks Andrew!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristopherPaul View Post
    Thanks Andrew!
    You're welcome, Chris!
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    Quote Originally Posted by VirginiaHuguenot View Post
    Still Waters Revival Books has it as noted here:
    Is this available anywhere online?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaCalvinist View Post
    Is this available anywhere online?
    I wish! It's a great resource and it should be more accessible to the world. The only parts of it online, however, as far as I know, are McNaugher's special exegesis of Eph. 5.19 and Col. 3.16, and E.S. McKitrick's Christ in the Psalms.
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    I should add that John McNaugher's The Psalms in Worship is available in electronic form on the EPP CD, as is Robert Nevin's Instrumental Music in Christian Worship, James Begg's Anarchy in Worship, and other useful works on the subject of Biblical worship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VirginiaHuguenot View Post

    Odd choice seeing he said the following in "Of Singing Psalms" in his A Body of Practical Divinity:

    "By "spiritual songs" may also be meant the same psalms of David, Asaph, &c. the titles of some of which are songs; as sometimes "a psalm and song, a song and psalm, a song of degrees," and the like; together with all other spiritual songs written by men inspired of God; called "spiritual," because of the author of them, the Spirit of God; the penmen of them, such as were moved by the same Spirit; and the matter of them spiritual, useful for spiritual edification; and are opposed to all loose, profane, and wanton songs. And as these three words, "psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs," answer to Myrmzm Mylht and Myryv the titles of David’s Psalms, and are by the "Septuagint" rendered by the Greek words used by the apostle, it may be reasonably concluded, that it was his intention that the churches he writes to should sing them; but inasmuch as the "word of God" and Christ in general furnishes out matter for singing his praises, I deny not, but that such hymns and spiritual songs, composed by good men, uninspired, may be made use of; provided care is taken that they be agreeable to the sacred writings, and to the analogy of faith, and are expressed as much as may be in scripture language; of such sort were those Tertullian speaks of, used in his time, as were either out of the holy scripture, or "de proprio ingenio," of a man’s own composure; and such seem to be the songs of the brethren, in praise of Christ, as the Word of God, ascribing divinity to him, condemned by some heretics."
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    These are all good -- I already provided links to a couple of them earlier in the thread.

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    Odd choice seeing he said the following in "Of Singing Psalms" in his A Body of Practical Divinity:

    "By "spiritual songs" may also be meant the same psalms of David, Asaph, &c. the titles of some of which are songs; as sometimes "a psalm and song, a song and psalm, a song of degrees," and the like; together with all other spiritual songs written by men inspired of God; called "spiritual," because of the author of them, the Spirit of God; the penmen of them, such as were moved by the same Spirit; and the matter of them spiritual, useful for spiritual edification; and are opposed to all loose, profane, and wanton songs. And as these three words, "psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs," answer to Myrmzm Mylht and Myryv the titles of David’s Psalms, and are by the "Septuagint" rendered by the Greek words used by the apostle, it may be reasonably concluded, that it was his intention that the churches he writes to should sing them; but inasmuch as the "word of God" and Christ in general furnishes out matter for singing his praises, I deny not, but that such hymns and spiritual songs, composed by good men, uninspired, may be made use of; provided care is taken that they be agreeable to the sacred writings, and to the analogy of faith, and are expressed as much as may be in scripture language; of such sort were those Tertullian speaks of, used in his time, as were either out of the holy scripture, or "de proprio ingenio," of a man’s own composure; and such seem to be the songs of the brethren, in praise of Christ, as the Word of God, ascribing divinity to him, condemned by some heretics."
    John Gill on Psalmody includes a small collection of his writings on the subject of psalmody, including a discourse on psalm singing, and his arguments in favor of a cappella singing, all of which are very much worth reading.

    John Gill is known for his exposition of Eph. 5.19 and Col. 3.16 wherein he argues that the apostle is specifically referring to the Psalter and not uninspired compositions. Since one of the primary arguments against exclusive psalmody is the interpretation of these texts in favor of uninspired hymnody, his writings on the subject are very appropos.

    The British Reformed Journal article that you cited mentions that "John Gill's Baptist congregation added a hymn at the end of worship so that those who objected could depart before its singing!" The same journal which I cited (different article) says:

    And IHM [RAM: Iain Murray] “know[s] of no prominent orthodox commentator[s] who take [the exclusive psalmodist] view [of Ephesians 5:19]!” MHW [RAM: Malcolm Watts] can point us to them and give apposite quotes from them (MHW, pp. 27-30). Here they come, with their provenance and date of relevant writing in brackets: Nicholas Byfield (Puritan; 1615), Henry Ainsworth (Puritan; 1627), Jean Daillé (Huguenot; 1648), John Cotton (New England Puritan; 1649), Isaac Ambrose (Puritan; 1650, 1659), George Swinnock (Puritan; 1662), Thomas Manton (Puritan; posthumously published in 1701), Dr. John Gill (English Baptist; early 1700’s), and John Brown of Haddington (1775). That is of course, just to name a few.
    From Gill's Body of Divinity:

    3. What that is which is to be sung, or the subject matter of singing; and the direction is to these three, "psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs", #Eph 5:19 Col 3:16.

    3a. By Psalms may be meant the Book of Psalms, composed by David, Asaph, and others; but chiefly by David; hence he is called "the sweet Psalmist of Israel", #2Sa 23:1 this is the only sense in which the word is used throughout the whole New Testament; nor is there any reason to believe the apostle Paul designs any other in the places referred to; nor the apostle James, in #Jas 5:13. Those who are of a different mind ought to show in what other sense the word is used, and where; and what those Psalms are we are to sing, if not the "Psalms of David", &c. since it is certain there are psalms which are to be sung under the gospel dispensation.

    3b. By "hymns" are intended, not any mere human compositions; since I can hardly think the apostle would place such between psalms and spiritual songs, made by men inspired by the Holy Ghost, and put them upon a level with them, to be sung; but rather this is only another name for the Book of Psalms; the running title of which may as well be the "Book of Hymns", as it is rendered by Ainsworth {16}. The hundred and forty fifth psalm is called an hymn of David; and the psalm our Lord sung with his disciples after the Supper, is said to be an hymn; and so the psalms of David in general are called umnoi, "hymns", both by Josephus {17} and Philo the Jew {18}.
    As for his statement that he does not deny one may make use of uninspired compositions, that statement by itself in light of his other statements about what songs Scripture prescribed in worship, does not lead me to the inevitable conclusion that he allowed for uninspired hymnody in worship. I hold to exclusive psalmody, yet I may "make use of" the uninspired compositions of men at certain times and occasions outside of stated worship. I think it also worth noting what he said further on:

    5a4. It is urged, that to sing David's Psalms, and others, is to sing by a form, and then why not pray by one? I answer, the case is different; the one may be done without a form, the other not; the Spirit is promised as a Spirit of supplication, but not as a Spirit of poetry; and if a man had an extraordinary gift of delivering out an extempore psalm or hymn, that would be a form to others who joined him; add to this, that we have a Book of Psalms, but not a book of prayers. David's Psalms were composed to be sung by form, and in the express words of them, and were so sung; see #1Ch 16:7 2Ch 29:30 hence the people of God are bid, not to "make" a psalm, but to "take" a psalm, ready made to their hands, #Ps 81:1,2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VirginiaHuguenot View Post
    John Gill on Psalmody includes a small collection of his writings on the subject of psalmody, including a discourse on psalm singing, and his arguments in favor of a cappella singing, all of which are very much worth reading.
    I have done so brother and I am convinced of EP however whilst Gill certainly exegeted the key texts correctly it is also true that Gill was not an exclusive psalmist. He noted somewhere in the tracts that he sees no reason to sing anyting other than psalms yet the case remains he did indeed say "hymns and spiritual songs, composed by good men, uninspired, may be made use of; provided care is taken that they be agreeable to the sacred writings, and to the analogy of faith, and are expressed as much as may be in scripture language". In the pamphlet you mentioned Gill states:

    "By hymns, we are to understand, not such as are composed by good men, without the inspiration of the Spirit of God. I observe indeed, from ancient writers, and. from ecclesiastical history, that such compositions were made use of very early, even from the times of the Apostles; and I deny not but that they may now be useful; though a great deal of care should be taken that they be agreeable to the sacred writings, and the analogy of faith, and that they be expressed, as much as can be, in scripture language; yet, after all, I must confess, that I cannot but judge them, in a good measure, unnecessary, since we are so well provided with a book of psalms and scriptural songs, indited by the Spirit of God, and suitable on all occasions: However, I cannot think that such composure’s are designed by the Apostle; nor can I believe that he would place such between psalms and spiritual songs, made by men inspired by the Holy Ghost, and put them upon a level with them, and to be sung equally with them, to the edification of the churches; therefore, I take hymns to be but another name for the book of psalms; for the running title of that book may as well be, the book of hymns, as of psalms; and so it is rendered by Ainsworth, who also particularly calls the 145th psalm, an hymn of David: So the psalm which our Lord sung with his disciples, after the supper, is called an hymn, as the psalms of David in general, are called, by Philo the Jew, umnei hymns, as they are also songs and hymns by Josephus."

    I simply disagree with him saying "that they may now be useful" and agree with him in saying "I must confess, that I cannot but judge them, in a good measure, unnecessary" and accepting his exegesis of the texts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VirginiaHuguenot View Post
    I wish! It's a great resource and it should be more accessible to the world. The only parts of it online, however, as far as I know, are McNaugher's special exegesis of Eph. 5.19 and Col. 3.16, and E.S. McKitrick's Christ in the Psalms.
    Don't forget Jesse Johnson's The Psalms in Present-Day Apologetics (originally titled "The Importance of an Exclusive Use of the Psalms in Present-Day Apologetics").

    I've actually been working off-and-on with this book, transcribing it article by article, for a long while now (along with several other books on similar subjects). If I ever get around to it (like THAT'S gonna happen! ), I'll probably post them up somewhere.... maybe my geocities site or something.
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    Originally Posted by VirginiaHuguenot
    The Singing of Psalms in the Worship of God by G.I. Williamson available http://www.psalms4u.com/

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    This is available online here.
    Updating the link to the online article once again.
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    For those who are interested, John McNaugher's The Psalms in Worship, 1907 edition, is available at Abebooks for as low as $20.00.
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    Worship in the Presence of God, ed. by Frank J. Smith and David C. Lachman has been reprinted and is available in paperback format here.
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    My wife found a book at a lawn sale held at the local Anglican church just around the corner from where we live. It's a history as well as a kind of apologetic of hymns in worship. It's called "They Wrote Our Hymns", by Hugh Martin, published in 1961 by SCM Press Ltd. in Great Britain.

    I'm only part way into the book, and already it is very interesting.
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