Psalm Singing in Calvin and the Puritans (2) Dr. Joel R. Beeke

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Psalm Singing in Calvin and the Puritans (2)-Dr. Joel R. Beeke

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The Duty of Singing Psalms
On the title page of the Bay Psalm Book, Cotton states that psalm singing is a gospel ordinance. His grandson Cotton Mather called psalm singing a “holy, delightfull and profitable Ordinance in the Church or Household.”4 The Westminster Assembly divines said in their “Directory for the Publick Worship of God” that it is the duty of all Christians “to praise God publickly, by singing of psalms together in the congregation, and also privately in the family.”5
Cotton points out that Christ sang a psalm with His disciples after “the administration of the Lords Supper” (Matt. 26:30).6 Matthew Henry remarks: “Singing of psalms is a gospel-ordinance. Christ’s removing the hymn from the close of the passover to the close of the Lord’s Supper, plainly intimates that he intended that ordinance should continue in his church, that, as it had not its birth with the ceremonial law, so it should not die with it.”
 
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