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Book Review: The Psalms of David in Metre

The Psalms of David in Metre with notes by John Brown.

Although I do not hold to the position of exclusive psalmody (that only psalms should be sung in worship services), I am very happy to see this book in print.

In his preface the author points out three reasons why he believes hymns should not be a part of public worship: 1) Hymns are extremely dangerous because of possible errors creeping in by them. 2) With the existence of the psalms and scriptural songs there is no need for other songs. 3) Psalms are "a standing form of praise in the church." While my purpose is not an in-depth defense of the use of hymns in worship services I do believe a couple of remarks at this point are needed.