The use of Psalms in Worship
The Psalms in Worship
The greatest act in which a Christian can engage is that of the worship of God. One phase of worship is that of singing his praise as a congregation. At the center of the Bible, God has given one hundred and fifty songs through the Holy Spirit to be sung in the praise of God. “Sing unto Him, sing Psalms unto Him” (Psalm 105:2)
Nowhere has God authorized any other manual of praise to be used in his worship. The “Psalms, hymns and spiritual sings,” twice mentioned by the apostle Paul, are songs indicted by the Holy Spirit and are, we believe, included in the Book of Psalms. When Christ and the disciples “had sung an hymn” it was doubtless included in “the Great Hallel” composed of Psalms 113 to 118.
For these reasons The Reformed Presbyterian Church continues to sing the Psalms exclusively in the worship of God.
Instrumental music has a large place in human society. The world would be dull without our organs and symphony orchestras. The question here is, does God authorize the use of instruments of music in the new Testament worship?
It is true that they were used in temple worship along with the sacrifices. They were not used however in the synagogue after which the New Testament church was patterned. The Orthodox synagogues of the Jews still use no instruments in their worship. We maintain that when the ceremonial service of the Old Testament passed away musical instruments in worship also ceased. (2 Chron. 25-28).
Although largely ignored today, acapella singing is the historic practice of Protestant churches.