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The History of the Service of Song in Scripture by John Calvin, Robert Murray McCheyne, Dr. Steven Dilday, Greg Price, Dr. Reg Barrow, et al.


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The History of the Service of Song in Scripture by John Calvin, Robert Murray McCheyne, Dr. Steven Dilday, Greg Price, Dr. Reg Barrow, et al.




Scroll down for many free MP3s and other Reformation resources on "The History of the Service of Song" and Psalm singing in Scripture and history.   


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The History of the Service of Song in Scripture 

John Calvin on the Book of Psalms

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 "There is no other book in which there is to be found more express and magnificent commendations, both of the unparalleled liberality of God towards his Church, and of all his works; there is no other book in which there is recorded so many deliverances, nor one in which the evidences and experiences of the fatherly providence and solicitude which God exercises towards us, are celebrated with such splendour of diction, and yet with the strictest adherence to truth; in short, there is no other book in which we are more perfectly taught the right manner of praising God, or in which we are more powerfully stirred up to the performance of this religious exercise."

The History of the Service of Song: Real Reformation, Faithful Worship And Praising The Lord Jesus Christ Through Songs by Dr. Steven Dilday (8 Free MP3s)

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 Dr. Steven Dilday is a major modern-day Reformation scholar and has produce a wonderful series of messages in the "The History of the Service of Song" series featured below. He is also Pastor of Liberty and Grace Reformed Church in Northern Virginia, President of The Matthew Poole Project, Professor of Hebrew and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Puritan History and Literature at Whitefield Theological Seminary. He also directs the Master of Theology degree in "Ecclesiastical Latin" at Whitefield Theological Seminary. Dr. Dilday is currently translating the "Synopsis" written by the Puritan Divine, Matthew Poole. This project when completed will consist of approximately 82 volumes. 

The History of the Service of Song (10/10) Real Reformation, Faithful Worship, And Praising The Lord Jesus Christ Through Songs by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)

Messages 6 and 8, in the series above, were not recorded due to technical difficulties.
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 There are 547 Reformation resources (books, MP3s and videos) under the category "Reformed Worship, The Regulative Principle, Etc.," and 126 Reformation resources (books, MP3s and videos) under the category "Psalters, Psalm Singing and Music," on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Moreover, if you use the Master Search Index on the Puritan Hard Drive to search for the word "Psalmody" you will obtain 1,843 search results in 171 books and articles! Also, you will see the results alphabetically by book title (with the author) and to the right of the book will be a plus sign. If you click this plus sign you we see each occurrence of the word "Psalmody" in one line of context. Furthermore, if you click on any of these lines, the book will be opened to the page with your search result -- and your search result will be highlighted! Never before has a research capability like this been available for such a large set of the best Puritan and Reformed books -- and, Lord willing, many more books (MP3s and videos) will be added to the Puritan Hard Drive in the future, as the Puritan Hard Drive has been designed for future expansion (which is only limited by the size of the hard drive). 

Related Sermons (Free MP3s and More!)

"Now what Saint Augustine says is true, that no one is able to sing things worthy of God unless he has received them from him. Wherefore, when we have looked thoroughly everywhere and searched high and low, we shall find no better songs nor more appropriate for the purpose than the Psalms of David, which the Holy Spirit made and spoke through him. And furthermore, when we sing them, we are certain that God puts the words in our mouths, as if he himself were singing in us to exalt his glory.
" - John Calvin, "Epistle to the Reader" prefixed to the Genevan Psalter (1542)

by John McNaugher (Free MP3 from the book, The Psalms in Worship)

Seven free MP3 sermons on EXCLUSIVE PSALMODY by GREG PRICE 


1. Exclusive Psalmody 1/7 (Inspired Song vs. Uninspired Song) by Greg Price


2. Exclusive Psalmody 2/7 (God's Covenant Songs in Worship) by Greg Price


3. Exclusive Psalmody 3/7 (Sufficiency of the Psalter) by Greg Price


4. Exclusive Psalmody 4/7 (Exclusive Psalmody & the Regulative Principle) by Greg Price


5. Exclusive Psalmody 5/7 (Exclusive Psalmody in Church History) by Greg Price


6. Exclusive Psalmody 6/7 (& the Westminster Standards) by Greg Price


7. Exclusive Psalmody 7/7 (Objections to Exclusive Psalmody Answered) by Greg Price

Discusses Reformed worship-song in the context of the regulative principle of worship [Sola Scriptura in worship]. Defends exclusive Psalmody from Scripture and the writings and testimony of the most prominent Reformers.


"In his early years there, Calvin was not impressed with the quality of the singing at Geneva, so he took the practical step of requiring that the catechism classes for the children include the memorizing and singing of Psalms. Church office-bearers and Christian school teachers had a role here. Calvin states, 'Write a letter to the judges of the consistory to acquaint them with the fact that the Lord desires that the youth learn to sing the Psalms, and that the principal of the school and his headmaster teach the music of the said Psalms'" (John Calvin on the Wonder of the Psalms by Pastor Angus Stewart, Calvin quotation from, Ford Lewis Battles, The Piety of John Calvin [Grand Rapids: Baker, 1978], p. 142). 


FREE The Psalms of David in Metre (being the Scottish Metrical Psalter, first authorized by the Westminster Divines and then also by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland [in 1650], with notes by John Brown of Haddington.) 


Psalm Tunes (Audio MP3s) Categorized By Common Metre


The Puritan View of the Scottish Metrical Psalter:


"The translation that is now put into thy hands cometh nearest to the original of any that we have seen."


- Thomas Manton, John Owen, William Jenkyn, Thomas Watson, Matthew Poole, and other Puritans in London at the time of the Westminster Assembly in a preface to the first edition of the Scottish Metrical Version.


Robert Murray McCheyne on the Scottish Metrical Version:


"It is truly an admirable translation from the Hebrew, and is frequently more correct than the prose version."


- Robert Murray McCheyne ("No mean Hebrew scholar"), quoted
in The Exclusive Claims of David's Psalms, by William Sommerville, p. 183.

The Puritan View of the Scottish Metrical Psalter: Owen, Manton, Watson, Poole, Westminster Divines






Psalters, Psalm Singing and Music


Psalms of David in Metre (FREE PSALTER, PSALMS FOR SINGING) With Notes by John Brown of Haddington


"Steadily expanding Psalters continued to be produced in Geneva: in 1562 [two years before Calvin's death and to his great delight] there appeared a metrical Psalter with all 150 Psalms. This Psalter was reprinted [an amazing] sixty-two times in its first two years and was translated into [an even more amazing] twenty-four languages (William L. Holladay, The Psalms through Three Thousand Years [Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993], p. 199). 


Hymns and Heretics: The Dangers of Uninspired Hymnody by Brian Schwertley (Free MP3) 

Are You Singing Heresies In Songs By Heretics? Find out in this sermon.

A fascinating look at how Satan has used various heretics (like Isaac Watts, a Unitarian, Roman Catholics, etc.) to introduce man-made hymns into the church (to push God's Word out of public praise) and the destruction this has wrought. 


Is Isaac Watts A Unitarian (Anti-Trinitarian)? (1 of 2) by Gilbert M'Master


Is Isaac Watts A Unitarian (Anti-Trinitarian)? (2 of 2) by James Willson

How Best to Secure a Return to the Use of the Psalms in the Ordinance of Praise by S. R. M'Neilly

Hymns and Hymn Books (1883) by James Dick

An Apology for the Book of Psalms in Five Letters (1852) by Gilbert M'Master

The Ancient History of Psalmody (1852) by Gilbert M'Master

Essay on Psalmody (1880) by William Romaine

The Psalter in the Early Church (1891) by James Harper

Psalm-Singers Conference (1905) by George Magill (Chairman)

Vindiciae Cantus Dominici: Or, A Vindication of the Doctrine Taught in a Discourse on the Divine Ordinance of Singing Psalms (1793) by John Anderson

Songs To Be Used in the Worship of God (1848) by David Thompson

Review of Ralston's Inquiry into the Propriety of Using an Evangelical Psalmody in the Worship of God (1848) by John T. Pressly

A Catechism on Praise (1854) by Alexander Blaike

The Hymnology of the Scottish Reformation: A Detailed Historical Defence of the Exclusive Psalmody of the Scottish Reformers, Calvin and Others (1884) by David Hay Fleming

Scottish Metrical Psalms (on CD) by Jason Coghill (Beautiful Psalm Singing)

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