Whereas the doctrine and practice in Christ’s church are ultimately not determinative for the church today, the scriptures do call us to consider the old paths (Jeremiah 6:16) and hold fast the traditions we have been taught (2 Thessalonians 2:15). That is to say, the historic church’s witness to truth is just as important as our witness to truth today. To ignore it is to do so to our own peril.
Though it cannot be dogmatically defended that at any one time the church only sang from the biblical Psalter, it is demonstrably true that it has constant and consistent use throughout church history, as well as being responsible for enriching and enlightening the saints of times past. The generation which ignores or largely neglects the Psalter misses an important part of its own history and fails to see its place within the ebb and flow of God’s dealings with his people.