The Puritan View of the Scottish Metrical Psalter & Robert Murray McCheyne On The Scottish Metrical Version (Along With The Location Of A Free Copy Of The Psalms of David in Metre, or The Scottish Metrical Psalter) - Comments by Thomas Manton, John Owen, William Jenkyn, Thomas Watson, Matthew Poole, and other Puritans in London at the time of the Westminster Assembly
“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.
Puritan Psalm Singing (Westminster Assembly)
“It is the duty of Christians to praise God publickly, by singing of psalms together in the congregation, and also privately in the family. In singing of psalms, the voice is to be tunably and gravely ordered; but the chief care must be to sing with understanding, and with grace in the heart, making melody unto the Lord.”
- Westminister Divines, The Westminister Directory for Public Worship
+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.)
"If it be asked, then, by what things chiefly the Christian religion has a standing amongst us, and maintains its truth, it will be found that the following two not only occupy the principal place, but comprehend under them all the other parts, and consequently the whole substance of Christianity, viz., a knowledge first, of the right way to worship God; and secondly of the source from which salvation is to be sought. When these are kept out of view, though we may glory in the name of Christians, our profession is empty and vain."
- John Calvin as cited in War Against the Idols(book on sale at here under the author "Eire, Carlos)), p. 198 (emphases added). Carlos Eire is citing from Calvin's On the Necessity of Reforming the Church, which is FREE ONLINE HERE.
Presbyterian Worship: Old and New by Kevin Reed (A Review and Commentary upon Worship in Spirit and Truth, a book by John Frame. Reed shows how Frame has abandoned the Reformation, both scripturally and confessionally, in regard to worship.)
Family Worship by Kerry Ptacek (A number of citations from historic Reformed folk [John Knox, Matthew Henry, Jonathan Edwards, etc.] covering the period from 100 AD to 1912 AD regarding family worship.)