Name of Jesus (Absent from the Psalms)

“it is especially objected that the name of Jesus is lacking [ed. in the Psalms]. The name of God does not appear in the Book of Esther, but he is blind who cannot see the hand of God in that book of providence.”[1]

“let it be noted that the service of song embracing the Psalter is in its appointment Messianic. David, the author of a large portion of the Psalter and the divinely authorized founder of praise as an ordinance of worship, is in a sense Messianic. He is at once the royal ancestor and the royal predecessor of Christ. The nation and Church of Israel became more and more manifestly Messianic as the centuries of its history rolled onward. This is not true not only of its evangelical prophecies, but of its national and ecclesiastical constitution. David the king is the first of the royal line terminating in King Messiah, and the kingdom divinely organized with David upon the throne is the kingdom developed over which Christ reigns and will reign forever. The is the truth spoken by the angel to Mary: ‘He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.’ The songs of the Old Testament Church are the songs of this Kingdom.”[2]

“In the baptismal formula, we baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (see Matthew 28:19).[Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:] Though the Jesus-only Pentecostalists insist on using the actual syllables “Je-sus,” we maintain that we have baptized in the name of Jesus [Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.] when we use the Trinitarian formula. I continue to regard Dr. Crampton’s argument as spurious because we are never commanded in Scripture to sing Jesus’ name. Further, as the baptismal formula teaches us, we need not use the actual syllables in order to reference the second person of the Trinity. And references to the Person and Work of Christ abound in the Psalter — the Old Testament book most often quoted in the New Testament.”[3]

See also Psalmody and Jesus’ Name

1Montgomery, J. Knox. “Objections to the Exclusive Use of the Psalms in Worship” in The Psalms in Worship (1907), Edmonton: Still Waters Revival Books, 1992, page 470.
2Irons, J.D. “The Psalms in the Old Testament Church” in The Psalms in Worship, page 102.
3Bacon, Richard. “Review of Exclusive Psalmody.” The Blue Banner. Faith Presbyterian Church Reformed, January 10, 2008. Web. January 23, 2016.