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ANDOVER - HARVARD
THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.W.4"

183233
Page

Page
Affiiction, Duties of the Chris Haweis's Lectures to Young

tian in and after........ 20 Men, (reviewed) ........
Abbott's Young Christian, Irish Sabbath-School Maga-
(reviewed)..............

zine, (reviewed).

226
Apprentice's Monitor, (re John Knox .......

.. 290
viewed................

- continued....... 361
Aikman's History of Religious James VI. and Knox's
Liberty in England, (re-

Daughter .............. 295
viewed)................ 262 Kerr's Tribute to the Memory
Address of Directors of the of Miss Umphray, reviewed 408

Presbyterian Missionary | London Missionary Society.. 144
Society to the Members of Letter from a Tutor to a Pu.
the Church of Scotland.. 347 pil (reviewed).......... 369
Bible Instruction, No, VIII.. M Gavin's Index to the Psalms
Sanctification ..........

(reviewed)............

227
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No. IX. The Millenarianism Indefensible,
Law of God .............

::......: 921
No. X. The

reviewed) .........
Missions..............

229
Christian Life.......... Missionary Zeal.......... 165
Believe and Sing..........

- Society........ 262
Brown's Christian Ambassador Morgan's Hints on the Lord's

(reviewed)............. 405 Supper, (reviewed)...... 105
Carson's Book of Esther, Modern Unitarian Contro.
(reviewed).............

versy, Spirit of,.........
Cholera, --Jehovah in the

305
Pestilence.............. 37

375
Christian Warfare......... 190 | Notices of Books, 28, 63, 99,
Church of Scotland, State

143, 226, 259, 296, 335, 405
and Prospects of Religion in 350 Newspapers...w.w.w.se 145

No. II. 414 | National Education ........ 173
Drummond on Original Sin,

219
(reviewed)............. 63
Duty and Advantage of Fel. Northumberland Presbyteri.

lowship-Meetings, reviewed 143 an Home Mission ....... 288
Dwight on the Sabbath, ex Ordinations in North-West of

tract from.............. 322 England............... 71
Defects and Uses of Natural Oaths, Administration of.... 193

Theology............... 423 Ordinations........., 228 300
Education................ 57 Obituary......... 300, 370 399
Family Temperance Meeting One Hundred Reasons for the
(reviewed).............

259 Deity of Christ, (review-
Gall's Lesson Magazine, &c.

ed ................... 261
(reviewed)............. Providence, Affecting Dis-
Happy Hours with Mamma,

pensation of ..........
(reviewed)............. Public Prayer............
Hearing of the Word...... 275 Preaching...........
Hints to Aid Christians, &c. Prayer for the Revival of

(reviewed)............. 260 Religion...............

213

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Preparation for Suffering, Tokens, Distribution of .... 249

(reviewed)............. 300 Temperance Societies...... 250

Presbyterianism in England, 25 The Closing Year.........

Presbyterian Missionary So The Departed Year........ 109

ciety..................

144 The Times Liberalism.... 81

191

-- - continued, 112

Payson's Family Sermons,

- - concluded 153

(reviewed)............. 298 The Orthodox Presbyterian, 409

Dr. Anecdote of.. 313 The Reformers............ 88

Pollok's Tales of the Cove The Precentor ............ 121

nanters, (reviewed)...... 298 The Christian's Death.... 281

Religious Revivals........ 282 The Crucifixion...........

212

Revivals of Religion in Ame The Sonship of Christ......

rica.................. 133 The Presbyterian, No. I....

Religious Intelligence, 32,

No. II...

69, 99, 178, 228, 262, 308, 370

No. III.. 167

- Linés suggested by 36

No. IV.. 221

Ruling Elders............

No. V... 243

Rowan's Tribute to the Me-

No. VI.. 283
mory of Dr. M‘Leod....

No. VII... 367
Singing the Praises of God in

No, VIII, 426
Public Worship ......... The Bigot...............

373

Systematic Verse-Book.... The End of the Wicked.... 388

Sabbath-day............

139 The Bible........

Sabbath......

The Presbyterian Review,

Simplicity of the Gospel.... 248 (noticed).

Spirit of Prayer........... 404 Theological Examination Com-

Study of the Bible........ 204 mittee....

Scottish Missionary Society 105 Unitarians in India........ 405

178 Westminster Confession of

235 Faith, with proofs, reviewed 228

Scriptural Education ... 272 Warwick, . Rev. Arthur,
Scripture-Readers........ 301 Lines by.............i 152

386 Willis on National Establish-

Synod of Ulster and Collegi ments, (reviewed)....... 296

ate Education .......... 265 Where is God? ...........

322

- Annual

Meeting of, June, 1833.._337

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ON SINGING THE PRAISES OF GOD IN

PUBLIC WORSHIP.

- TO THE EDITOR OF THE ORTHODOX PRESBYTERIAN.
SIR,

You will much oblige me by giving insertion to the
following remarks in your Periodical, if you deem them cal-
culated to be useful. I propose, with your approbation, to
send yoy a few articles, in succession, on several important
matters connected with the worship and discipline of our
Presbyterian Church. My object is, in using, occasionally,
the language of reprehension, not to shame, but to warn my
beloved brethren." It is my earnest desire to fix their atten-
tion on points, not of controversial theology, but of practical
religion; to point out to them, with all simplicity and tender-
ness, the difference between the form and the power of godli-
ness; and to exhort and stir them up, under the divine blessing,
to the worship of God in the beauty of holiness. As I feel
that much brevity is required, in order to avoid encroachments
on the space allotted to your other correspondents, it is hoped
that the matter rather than the manner of the following ob-
servations will be regarded. They are sent forward with the
anxious hope that they may prove conducive to the glory of
God, and to the sanctification of His great name in the church;
and, at the same time, with the conviction, that if they are in
any degree instrumental towards the accomplishment of these
high objects, they will furnish another testimony to the truth
spoken by the apostle, that God chooseth the weak things of
the world to confound the things that are mighty.'
: I commence with some remarks on the several parts of
public worship, as it is usually conducted in our churches.
These I shall take up in order, and shall confine myself, in
the present paper, to the first part of our Sabbath-day service,
viz,, the singing of the praises of God. This, by many pro-
fessing Christians, seems hardly to be recognised as a religious.

duty at all; and to be viewed rather as a graceful appendage, than as an essential element of the worship of the sanctuary. It is therefore the more necessary to direct our attention to the subject, and to vindicate the dignity and importance of a service which, by many professing Christians, is disregarded or despised. : 1. T'he duty of singing praise to God is pointed out by the light of nature. The ancient poets and philosophers of Greece and Rome, in their writings and public instructions, enforced the propriety of singing hymns in honour of their God,-and in every species of idol-worship until the present hour, singing has formed an important and indispensable feature. The true God has never, in any age or in any country, "left himself without a witness' in the beauties of His creation, and in the bounties of His providence. Hence the psalmist invites all the inhabitants of the earth to join him in his song of adoration and thanksgiving. Psal. cxvii. 1- O praise the Lord all ye nations; praise him all ye people.' And because they neglected to do that which was so evidently required of them, they were exposed to the severe rebuke of the apostle, who declared them to be without excuse, who when they knew God, glorified him not as God, neither were thankful.'-Rom i. 20.

2. This duty is revealed to us, not by the gleamings of unassisted reason only, but by the clear and unclouded light of divine revelation. In reference to the Old Testament dispensation, it is quite unnecessary to allude to the numberless passages in the psalms and elsewhere, in which singing is enjoined by so many powerful and affecting considerations. See *Psal. xcv. c. cxxxvi., &c. And that this mode of worship was not intended to be confined to the Jewish economy, but to continue in the church till the end of time, is evident, both from the prophecy of Isaiah, Isai. lii. 8, 9, 10, in which he speaks of the worship of the latter days, and from the precept of the Holy Ghost by the Apostle Paul.-See Eph. v. 19; Col. iii. 16.

3. Not only the precept, but the example contained in the word of God for our instruction and admonition, powerfully urges us to the reverential and habitual performance of this duty. How frequently David calls upon the people to “mag. nify the Lord with him,' is famliar to all. Hezekiah, who lived several ages after David, and those who celebrated the passover with him, are said to have praised the Lord with the words of David and ot Asaph the seer ; (from this passage

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