This article assumes the Regulative Principle of Worship (RPW), which is the biblical doctrine that everything of religious significance in worship must be prescribed in holy Scripture, either explicitly or by good and necessary consequence, such that “whatever is beside the Word of God is against the Word of God.”  Given the RPW, the… Read More A Concise Case For Exclusive Psalmody
Objection: Scripture repeatedly speaks of singing a “new song” (Psa. 33:3; 40:3; 96:1; 98:1; 144:9; 149:1; Isa. 42:10). The four beasts and 24 elders sang a “new song” (Rev. 5:9), the 144,000 followers of the Lamb who had gotten victory over the beast also sang a “new song” (Rev. 14:3). Therefore, we may (or should) compose… Read More Psalmody Objections Answered: “New Song”
Preface to the Bay Psalm Book (1640) A discourse declaring not only the lawfulness, but also the necessity of the heavenly ordinance of singing Scripture Psalms in the churches of God. The singing of Psalms, though it breathe forth nothing but holy harmony, and melody: yet such is the subtlety of the enemy, and enmity… Read More The Necessity of Singing the Psalms
There is no doubt that Calvin pioneered psalm singing for his generation and that the Reformed churches quickly became known for their psalm singing. It is more difficult to prove that Calvin and the various churches of the evolving Reformed tradition of that time were Exclusive Psalmodist (EP) in the sense we understand it today… Read More Was John Calvin an Exclusive Psalmodist?
As for the scruple that some take at the translation of the Book of Psalms into metre, because David’s psalms were sung in his own words without metre, we answer: First, there are many verses together in several psalms of David which run in rhythms (as those that know Hebrew and as Buxtorf shows1) which… Read More Psalmody Objections Answered: Meter
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16; c.f. Ephesians 5:19). This post will briefly demonstrate that “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” refers to the Book of Psalms.… Read More Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs
Ten Helps on the Imprecatory Psalms by David Murray Sing a New Song: Recovering Psalm Singing for the Twenty-First Century 1. In the first gospel promise (Gen 3.14-15), God promises a curse on the serpent and his seed. Prayers in the psalms for God to curse are really a prayer for that first gospel promise to… Read More Ten Helps on the Impreccatory Psalms | David Murray
Psalmody Objections Answered: Paraphrases By Richard Bacon Copyright 1999, The Blue Banner (from v. 3 #5-6, May-June 1994), FPCR.org (reposted with permission) Introduction One sometimes hears objections to singing only Psalms in public worship. Interestingly, the objectors seldom stop to consider that many of their objections, if they were valid, would speak against singing any… Read More Psalmody Objections Answered: Paraphrases
There is a growing interest in many Reformed Circles about Psalm Singing, particularly Exclusive Psalmody ( I am a staunch proponent of the practice). I will not be in this article trying to directly argue for Exclusive Psalmody (the best case for the practice can be read here: https://archive.org/details/PsalmsInWorship) but will rather be exploring the various… Read More Psalters!
Here are some resources to aid you in learning to sing the Psalms. Free Resources 1650 Scottish Metrical Psalter 1650 Split Leaf Psalter App (iOS App) (Android App) Features: 1. The Complete Text of the 1650 Scottish Metrical Psalter. 2. Comes with 120 Tunes suitable for singing. 3. Split leaf view – couple any tune in… Read More Psalm-Singing Resources