We Shall Not Find Better Or More Appropriate Songs

“We know from experience that singing has great strength and power to move and to set on fire the hearts of men in order that they may call upon God and praise Him with a more vehement and more ardent zeal. It is to be remembered always that this singing should not be light or frivolous, but that it ought to have weight and majesty … Now, what Augustine says is true, namely that no one can sing anything worthy of God which he has not received from Him. Therefore, even after we have carefully searched everywhere, we shall not find better or more appropriate songs to this end than the Psalms of David, inspired by the Holy Spirit. And for this reason, when we sing them, we are assured that God puts the words in our mouth, as if He Himself were singing through us to exalt His glory… ”

~John Calvin (1543)

Source: http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/DeCockonHymns.htm


Pious Music

Thomas Hall on Amos 6:5:

There is a grave, composed, pious music, by which contemplation is promoted, the affections are moved, sadness is expelled, the spirits are raised and revived, composed and fitted for God’s service and praise; and to this end the most pious and noble spirited men have used it; as Moses, Exod. 15; Deborah, Judg. 5; Hezekiah, Isa. 38.20; Jehoshaphat, 2 Chron. 22.27, 28; the Levites, Neh. 12.27; 1 Chron. 9.33; and the saints, Rev. 14.2, 3…

There is a light, loose, lustful, profane, emasculating music, whereby the corruptions which are in the heart are excited, and the fear of God is expelled. Job brings in the wicked with their timbrel and harp, rejoicing at the sound of the organ, Job 21.12, 13. Against such the Prophet denounceth a woe, Isa. 5.11, 12, and 24.8, 9.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/90276-Was-Hymn-Music-quot-Holy-quot-When-Written, Comment #4

Worship Music is Different From Everyday Music

Augustine, as quoted by John Calvin in the Preface to the Psalter, 1543: 

“there is a great difference between music which one makes to entertain men at table and in their houses, and the Psalms which are sung in the Church in the presence of God and His angels”.

Source: https://mintdill.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/to-rap-or-not-to-rap-in-worship/