An Essay on Psalmody (Classic Reprint)
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In the common actions of life this may, and lhould be done: The rule is, Whether ye eatordrink, orwhatsoev131i ye do, do all to the glory of God, but it is fa1 more needful 1n fpiritual matters, which have an immediate relation to God and his worlhip. Thefe he has appointed to be the means of fhewing forth his praife. Among them finging of pfalms ls not the lealt. B'it ts frequently commanded, and with a promife - faithful IS he who hatht promifed - hé will render the means ef fectual to anfwer the end. When believers employ the faculties of foul and body m linging of his goodnefs and greatnefs, he does accept the fervice, and tel'tifies his acceptance. He does indeed communicate to them by his Spirit joy and peace, and he renders finging to the Lord with melo éy ln the heart the means of increafing the melody and Joy.
But where is fuch' fingmg. P in what church? Among what people? There are fome. May their number increafe. It 15 worth while to try to increafe them, ef pecially as this ordinance IS fo much neg lected. The holy affections, which fhould be fiirred up by fo heavenly an exercife, are generally damped by it. When it 13 performed with coldnefs and indifference.
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