Lacking Gospel Spirit

“The singing of the gospel, helpful though it may be in its place, is not of the nature of praise, for the gospel is addressed to man, not to God. In seeking to make an impression upon men the singing of the gospel may be usurping the place of that which is due unto God. That which terminates on ourselves or others may be a means of grace, but only that which terminates on God is praise… praise is the expressing unto God that which is His due. Let Him not be robbed of it.”[1]

Williamson notes that some argue against the singing of Psalms in worship because they are “unsuited to the worship of the New Testament Church.” He responds “it is part of this false assumption to imagine that what was written in the Old Testament, was written primarily for Old Testament times. This is categorically denied by Peter who, speaking of the Old Testament prophets, declares that the ‘Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel” (1 Peter 1:11-12)… Peter says that they wrote these things – not for themselves – but for us.”[2]

See also Christ and the Psalms, Prophecy and the Psalms & Psalmody and the Use of Old Covenant Language

1Ross, John M. “The Idea of Worship” in The Psalms in Worship (1907). Edmonton: Still Waters Revival Books, 1992, page 16.
2Williamson, G.I. “The Singing of Psalms in the Worship of God.” Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics. Ed Welsh. Web. January 23, 2016.