Books Online

EP Books, start here
1883
The True Psalmody or The Bible Psalms the Church’s Only Manual of Praise by Henry Cooke, John Edgar, and Thomas Houston, One of the best defenses of EP
1907 The Psalms in Worship by John McNaugher, Probably the best older work on EP
Individual Chapters of thePsalms in Worship by John McNaugher (PDF)
Ch 1  The Idea of Worship by W H Mcmillan
Ch 2  The Idea of Worship by John M Ross
Ch 3  The Scriptural Law of Worship by William H Vincent
Ch 4 The Scriptural Law of Worship by William S McClure
Ch 5 The Singing of Psalms a Duty by FM Spencer
Ch 9 The Psalms in the Old Testament Church by DA McClenahan

EP Books by year of publication
1640 The Whole Booke of Psalmes Faithfully Translated into English Metre: Whereunto is Prefixed a Discourse Declaring not Only the Lawfullness, but Also the Necessity of the Heavenly Ordinance of Singing Scripture Psalmes in the Churches of God by Richard Mather
1647 Singing of Psalms a Gospel Ordinance by John Cotton
1652/4 Singing of Psalms, The Duty of Christians under the New Testament. By Thomas Ford and here
1653/4 A Christian, sober and plain exercitation on the two grand practical controversies of these times: infant baptism and singing of psalms by Cuthbert Sidenham, beginning at page 173 Psalmody is addressed, also here
1666 Extract from “The Character of a Godly Man.” By Thomas Watson
1737 Reasons for and against Singing of Psalms in Private or Publick Worship. By David Rees
1759 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
1775 An Essay on Psalmody by William Romaine, also here to download (see also under 1880 with additional article) and here
1791 A Discourse on the Divine Ordinance of Singing Psalms by John Anderson
1793 Vindication of the Doctrine Taught in “A Discourse on the Divine Ordinance of Singing Psalms by John Anderson
1794 A Discourse on Psalmody (against EP) by James Latta
1800 A Discourse on the Duty of Singing the Book of Psalms in Solemn Worship by John Anderson
1800 Notes on Psalmody by William Robertson (Good references to Scottish Psalter, etc., not necessarily EP)
1801 A Discourse on Psalmody by Jonathan Freeman (Against EP), Delivered at Newburg, before the presbytery of Hudson, September
1816 Science of praise: or, An illustration of the nature and design of sacred psalmody (Against EP) by Thomas Dickson Baird
1818 An Apology for the Book of Psalms by Gilbert McMaster
1824 The Ploughman’s Letter, in Answer to Some Inquiries on Psalmody by James Harris
1825 Response to McMaster by Thomas Dickson Baird (Against EP), An inquiry into the privilege and duty of the Christian church: in the exercise of sacred praise…and an Examination of An Apology for the Book of Psalms by Gilbert McMaster
1825 Review of Harris (1824) on Psalmody by James R. Willson
1826 Dr. Watts’ Preface to the Psalmes of David…by Robert Reid
1828 Plain Reasons [for not using Watt’s imitation of the Psalms] by Thomas Clark
1834 A Case Against Hymns by Hendrik DeCock
1837 A Treatise on Psalmody by William Sommerville
1840 The Psalms of Holy Scripture the Only Songs of Zion by Donald Mclaren, also here
1840 Inquiry into the Propriety of Using an Evangelical Psalmody in the Worship of God by Samuel Ralston (Against EP)
1842 A Discourse on Psalmody by WR Hemphill
1843/1848 A Review of Ralston’s Inquiry into the Propriety of Using an Evangelical Psalmody in the Worship of God  (2nd edition 1848) by John Taylor Pressly (For EP), this is a reponse to Inquiry into the Propriety of Using an Evangelical Psalmody in the Worship of God by Samuel Ralston (Against EP)
1844 Ralston responds (Against EP) with A Defense of an Inquiry … by Samuel Ralston
1844 (Against) Dr. Wilson’s Lectures on Psalmody by G. M.
1849 Catechism on Praise by Alexander Blaikie
1850 George Morton responds (Against EP) with A Review of Dr. Pressly on Psalmody
1851 Robert Dodds responds (For EP) to Morton with A Reply to Morton on Psalmody
1852 A Plea for Peace in the Presbyterian Family on Psalmody by J.F. McLaren
1859 William Annan responds (Against EP) with Letters on Psalmody, A Review of the Leading Arguments for the Exclusive Use of the Book of Psalms 
1860 Psalmody: Is the Use of Uninspired Songs in the Worship of God Authorized? by R. J. George
1866 William Annan responds (Against EP) with A Vindication of Letters on Psalmody from the Strictures of John T. Pressly 
1850 The Friends of an Inspired Psalmody Defended 1867, by Joseph T. Cooper, published originally in The Evangelical Repository, Vol IX, 1850 found here
1851 A Condensed Argument for the Exclusive Use of Inspired Psalmody by Robert Dodds, The whole work can be found here
1855 The Exclusive Claims of David’s Psalms by William Sommerville
Review of A Plea for the Songs of Zion by William Hanna 1860
1860 Lay Preaching and Hymn Singing Unwarranted in the Church by Josias A. Chancellor, Reformed Presbyterian Minister, Bready, Ireland, a reply to the Rev. F. J. Porter and Dr. Marcus Dill
1869 The Public Worship of God, Its Authority and Modes, Hymns and Hymn Books by James Gibson, This is a response against The Psalter and the Hymnbook: Three Lectures (against EP) by James Hamilton
1871 Psalmody: An Examination of Authority for Making Uninspired Songs by J.B. Johnston
1871 God’s Songs and the Singer. Four Sermons by John W. Bain
1873 The Psalmody of the Church. By Josias Chancellor
1873 Heart and Voice, Instrumental Music in Christian Worship not Divinely Authorized by James Glasgow
1877 The Pattern on the Mount. By Walter Scott
1877 Talks on Psalmody in the Mathews Family by W.D. Ralston
1875 Anarchy In Worship (1875) by James Begg, also here
1878 Inspired Psalmody. By H. C. R. Bazely
1880 Both sides of the question: a correspondence on psalmody between the editor of the “Daily Telegraph” James Bennet, St. John, N.B., and Rev. J.R. Lawson, Barnesville, N.B (Concerning The Songs of Zion…by J.R. Lawson)
1880 A Review of the Songs of Zion by J R Lawson 1880
1880 Talks on Psalmody: In the Mathews Family by William D Ralston
1880 An Essay on Psalmody by William Romaine
1883 The True Psalmody or The Bible Psalms the Church’s Only Manual of Praise by Henry Cooke, John Edgar, and Thomas Houston, One of the best defenses of EP
1884 Are Hymns of Human Composition Authorized? A Discussion between Rev. WT Eva and WW Barr of the Christian Instructor (Eva is non-EP, Barr is EP)
1893 The Psalms of David the only Inspired and Authorized Service of Praise. By Rev. S. P. Stewart
1899 The Hymnary Discussions in the General Assembly by James Dick
1900 Ten Reasons why the ARP Church Adheres to the Exclusive Use of the Inspired Psalter in Worship (1900) by John T. Chalmers
1900 Notes of Psalmody by James Grier
1907 The Psalms in Worship by John McNaugher, Probably the best older work on EP
1908 The psalmody question; an examination of the alleged divine appointment of the book of Psalms as the exclusive manual of praise (against EP) David Findley Bonner
1974 The Biblical Doctrine of Worship, an RPCNA Symposium
1992 Worship in the Presence of God by Frank Smith and David Lachman, can be purchased here
1999 A Brief Examination of Exclusive Psalmody by Brian Schwertley
2005 In Spirit and Truth: Worship as God Requires (Understanding and Applying the Regulative Principle of Worship) by James R. Hughes

Psalters online
Travis Fentiman of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) has compiled an impressive list of 56 [and growing] online Psalters at Reformed Books Online.

EP Books in print

God’s Hymnbook for the Christian Church by Rev. Malcolm Watts found at the James Begg Society here
Sing the Lord’s Song; Biblical Songs in Worship by John W Keddie
The Songs of Zion by Michael Bushell, the best modern defense of EP, scheduled for reprint 2010.
The Voice of His Praise, praising god in purity by John McDonald, James Kerr, James M’Donald found at the James Begg Society here
Psalm Singing Revisited, the Case for Exclusive Psalmody (booklet) by Bruce C. Stewart

Worship 101 by Dennis Prutow

Historical Books on the Psalms and/or Psalmody online
History of the Scottish metrical psalms by John West MacMeeken, 1872
The Psalms, Their History, Teachings, and Use by William Binnie
The Psalms in Human Life by Rowland Prothero
The Music of the Pilgrims, A Description of the Psalm Book Brought to Plymouth in 1620 by Waldo Seldon Pratt

Historical Books about the Covenanters
Lots of books on the Covenanters online here at Reformation History

Instrumental Music
Heart and Voice; Instrumental Music in Christian Worship not Divinely Authorized by James Glasgow, 1873
Dr. Ritchie and Dr. Porteous and Dr. Candlish The Organ Question, For and Against the Use of the Organ in Public Worship
*Oddly enough, Dr. Candlish argues against the use of the organ in public worship, but elsewhere allowed for the use of hymns.
Response to Candlish by Alexander Cromar A Vindication of the Organ: A Review of the Rev. Dr. Candlish’s Publication

Regulative Principle of Worship
Worship from Genesis to Revelation by Douglas Comin, his website here

Commentaries on the Psalms Online

The links above are provided for the education and edification of those interested in exclusive psalmody.  Hopefully you won’t find anything weird, unorthodox or inappropriate, but if you do please let us know.

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