“…when they [poems/uninspired hymns] come in competition with the Bible, or are used as substitutes for any part of the Bible, then, indeed, the profane intrusion must be met and restricted by scriptural authority and solemn protest.”


“Perhaps no error has gained more extensive currency among Protestants, in this age of the church, than this:—That every one has an equal and divine right to compose hymns, to be offered in praise to God. Now let no one suppose that we have ought to say against poetry, in general, or against evangelical hymns, in particular—provided they are kept in their own place; but when they come in competition with the Bible, or are used as substitutes for any part of the Bible, then, indeed, the profane intrusion must be met and restricted by scriptural authority and solemn protest. For, if we may accept an “imitation” as a substitute for the book of Psalms without impious presumption; on the same principle imitations of all the other books of the Bible may be accepted as substitutes; and then we arrive at the infidel goal to which the teachings of Drs. Watts, Cuyler, and Musgrave have unconsciously conducted us. Of course we use these three names of distinguished divines merely as typical of a great multitude of equally cultured men—hence the church’s peril.  

Innovators of this age are not more popular and self-confident, perhaps, than those whom Isaiah was commissioned to warn, thus: “Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.” [Isaiah 50.11.] Should the advocates of the purity of God’s worship in the matter of his praise sometimes utter “nonsense,” or even seem to be obnoxious to the imputation of “stupidity;” their criminality and punishment must be allowed to be comparatively light, when contrasted with the crime and doom of those contemplated in the above awful commination [threatening] by the Lord’s prophet.”

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New items available:

Sing the PsalmsNew information from the Sing the Psalms website has arrived:

These three items have become available this week:

1) Volume 9 of the Worthy to be Praised series of CDs – available from the website sing-the-psalms.webs.com

2) A reprint of the red split-leaf psalter in Staff notation (now only £10) at sing-the-psalms.webs.com/resources

3) A kindle edition of The Psalms of David in metre (by Dr R J Dickie) is now on Amazon.  Click here:  Metrical Psalms (Kindle Edition)

On the website you will find a new page entitled Scottish Psalter featuring two valuable and complementary articles on this subject, by Dr Robert J Dickie and Mrs Isobel Scott.  You may also be interested in a new link on our links page to the Spanish Metrical Psalms.”

We pray the recordings will be a blessing to all who listen to them, and bring glory to God who alone is “Worthy to be Praised”.

Some new works added…

These works have been added to the James Begg Society website. All are compiled and posted here: In Spirit and in Truth:An Anthology of Christian Worship, Compiled by Michael Marzan-Esher Published by The James Begg Society © 2003

Reasons wherefore Christians ought to Worship God in Singing His Praises not with the Matter and Sense of Dr. Watts’ Psalms and Hymns, but with the Matter and Sense of David’s Psalms; Because God has Commanded the Latter, but not the Former.  Author unknown (1759)

Singing of Psalms, The Duty of Christians under the New Testament. By Thomas Ford (1652)

A Gospel Ordinance concerning the Singing of Scripture Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs. By Cuthbert Sidenham (1653)

Reasons for and against Singing of Psalms in Private or Publick Worship. By David Rees (1737)

An Essay on Psalmody. By William Romaine (1775)

The Psalmody of the Church. By Josias Chancellor (1873)

The Pattern on the Mount. By Walter Scott (1877)

Inspired Psalmody. By H. C. R. Bazely (1878)

The Psalms of David the only Inspired and Authorized Service of Praise. By Rev. S. P. Stewart (1893)

Extract from “The Character of a Godly Man.” By Thomas Watson (1666)

RPCNA: A New Church Planting effort in Dallas, TX

A new church plant is forming in the Dallas, TX area. Dallas Reformed Presbyterian Fellowship is a new work of the Midwest Presbytery of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA). This small group has been meeting since February and started worship services this past Lord’s Day.

Holiday Inn in PlanoMeeting Location:
The Holiday Inn Express
700 East Central Parkway
Plano, TX 75074



9:30 am – Bible Study (all ages)
10:45 am – Worship
12:00 pm – Lunch! (Bring your own sack lunch)
1:00 pm – Open ended fellowship, sermon reflection, and psalm singing until everyone decides to go home!