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the melody of the heart to the Lord, as at the same time to consult each other's profit, that while the Lord was glorified the church might receive edifying. Here is a full authority for the use of pfalms in the church, and a very clear direction how to sing them, and as following this direction was the divine means of making the word of Christ to dwell richly in believers, how poorly must it dwell in them, who Night and despise the command, yea so far as never to sing any psalms at all? ::.
If any real christian would attend to this reasoning, how can he oppose it? Here is a collection of hymns appointed to be sung in the church by divine authority; but the authority is defpised, and the collection is thrown aside. It comes from the inspiration of the Almighty, but the church entirely, refuses to use it ; is not this doing despite unto the Spirit of grace? The collection is large and very particular in setting forth the praises of
the adoreable Immanuel ; is it not a gross - affront to him to sing none of the praises
in the words which the holy Ghost teacheth, as if any praises were good enough for him, or as if he could be praised better in the words, which mans wisdom teacheth. Men and brethren, consider
whether whether this be not a very gross affront to the word of God, to the Spirit of God, and to the Son of God. Consider it well, and the Lord give you a right understanding in this matter.
Secondly, The singing of men's poems in she church and secring aside the psalms given by inspiration of God is contrary to the prophecies of the old teftament, and is an attempt to defeat them. They describe the state of the gospel church, and declare there should be great joy and gladness found in it; particularly they mention singing of psalms, as the outward expression of their inward joy in the Lord. Thus we read i Chron. xvi. 23, 24. “ Sing unto the Lord all the earth, thew “ forth from day to day his falvation : “ Declare his glory among the heathen, “his marvellous works among all the na« tions:" Of the same thing speaketh the propher Ifa. lvi. 6, 7. “ Also the fons to of the stranger that join themselves to “ the Lord to serve him, and to love the " name of the Lord, to be his servants, u even every one that keepeth the fab« bach from polluting it, and taketh hold
of my covenant, even them will I u bring to my holy mountain, and make « them joyful in mine house of prayer ; “ their burnt offerings and their facri
fices shall be accepted upon mine altar:: 36 For mine house shall be called an house # of prayer for all people.” How this joy was to be expressed is mentioned in psalm xcv. The prophet shews how believers should stir up one another to rejoice in singing psalms: And St. Paul says this was written of the new testament church. According to his explanation of the psalm given in the 3d and 4th chapters of the Hebrews, the holy Ghost here calls for the folemn worship of our Saviour, and requires him to be praised with psalms: He presses this duty together with public prayer, ver. 6, 7. and then demands obedient attention to the word of God, against which no man should harden his heart through unbelief: From whence it appears, that praising God folemnly, with singing psalms, with public prayer, and with hearing the word are still the ordinances of Chrift, and are to continue to day, even while it is called to day, unto the end of the world. These prophecies have been fulfilled. The blessed gospel has brought joy and gladness into heathen lands, and this very day pfalms have been sung, and a pure offering of praise has been present. ed unto the Lord, and it will be presented unto him so long as there is a true church upon earth. What then shall we think of those pretended reformers, who have turned the plalms out of the church, and who are acting as if they would try to defeat these prophecies? I wish they may not be found fighting against God: For they cannot stop their accomplishment. His word cannot be broken. As long as the earth shall continue, pfalms shall be sung in the church of Christ :: In it there will always be found thanksgiving and the voice of melody, and these will be expressed in God's own way, in the matter and words and form of God's own appointment.
Consider this, ye who believe the scriptures to be the word of God: If you obey from the heart the form of doctrine therein delivered, you will begin to reason thus, yea methinks I hear one of you say -Since-God by his sovereign grace has put a new song in my mouth, it adds to my joy, that he has revealed the very words in which he would have me to praise him. He has foretold that the gofpel should be received among the heathen, and that it should produce such effects as I now experience. Glory, be to him, he has made me happy in Jelus, and my happiness is not only kept up, but I find it increases, by singing the inspired psalms of the holy Ghost. Whoever leaves off the singing of psalms, God forbid I should
be be of that number. I hope never to act so contrary to the honor of God, and to the profit of mine own soul. .
Thirdly, Of the fame sentiments has been the church of Christ in all ages : Which is a strong argument in favor of pfalm finging. We know from very clear testimony, that the psalms were sung in the temple until its final destruction. We are certain, that Christ made use of the psalms. His apostles followed his example. The churches of Corinth, and Ephesus, and Colofs, made the singing of plalms part of their public worship. Such of the twelve tribes as were scattered a. broad, being persecuted for Christ's sake, did sing psalms when they were in an happy frame: For they were commanded to do it by the apostle James. The church history affords abundant evidence of the use of the psalms in every country converted to the faith, and of their being fung in the church, as a part of public worship. This has been the case in every age without interruption. The primitive christians sung in all their church-meetings. Eufebius says, in the second century, they sung pfalms in praise of Christ and his deity. In the time of Justin Martyr inftrumental music was abolished, and he highly commends singing with the voice,