Question for EPers: what to make of Habakkuk 3:19

Discussion in 'A capella Exclusive Psalmody' started by Philip, Aug 28, 2010.

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  1. Philip

    Philip Puritan Board Graduate

    Habakkuk 3:19

    Here's the question: in this verse we have clear indications

    a) that at least the final section of Habakkuk was used for sung worship

    b) that at least this final section was intended to be sung

    c) that this section ought to be sung in worship

    As EPers how do you deal with this (leaving aside the instrument question for now)?
  2. Willem van Oranje

    Willem van Oranje Puritan Board Junior

    I don't have a problem with singing this in worship. I suppose that makes me, "not an EP'r."
  3. markkoller

    markkoller Puritan Board Freshman

    This is a great question and one that we ought to ask of the EP position. This is a good response from John McNaugher's book The Psalms in Worship

    There are many articles dealing with this question at if you are willing to do a little research.
  4. John Lanier

    John Lanier Puritan Board Junior

    a) In what context?
    b) No problem
    c) Where does this say that this is in the context of temple worship?

    Every time that the word "sing" or "sung" is used doesn't mean that it is in the context of formal temple worship.

  5. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    Just to be honest it sounds like he is quoting and singing what God has commanded.
  6. MW

    MW Puritan Board Doctor

    A prophet used prayer-song to deliver his prophecy. We have the same in 1 Corinthians 14. The EP position relates to the ordinary worship of God. Were the extraordinary gifts to be revived then inspired songs would likely be the result, not to be sung by the congregation in corporate worship, but to be heard, examined, and received as they were sung by the individuals who were inspired.
  7. Peairtach

    Peairtach Puritan Board Doctor

    Is the New Covenant Israel of God to relegate God's Hymnody (the Book of Psalms), to a secondary place, or even supplant it altogether, by the use/misuse of extra-Psalmodic inspired songs, paraphrases or uninspired human compositions?

    But this is the anomally which happens when hymns, paraphrases and extra-Psalmodic inspired songs are allowed in the gathered worship of the evangelicals and the Reformed everywhere.

    The Psalms should have first place in every evangelical church being God's Heaven-sent Praise Book, which has been transfigured by the First Advent of Christ. One day this will be the case.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2010
  8. kainos01

    kainos01 Puritan Board Junior

    On what basis could it be assumed that every epistle written by Paul was inspired?
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