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Singing in worship

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Over at Reformation21, some thoughts on public worship as it relates to our singing:

The New Testament data with regard to singing in the worship of the church is, to put it bluntly, sparse. On the one hand, it seems strange that an issue which excited so little attention in the early church should be the sphere of so many of the worship wars which have erupted in recent years. On the other, perhaps it is precisely because the instruction is sparse and simple that we feel we have a right or even a need to develop our own principles and practice. . . .

I hope that these few thoughts will at least stimulate us to consider once again and more carefully, the hows, whys and wherefores of our sung worship, lifting up heart and voice in the right way and for the right reason, glorifying God and doing good to men as we sing a new song to the Lord.

Read it all if you’re interested.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Thursday 28 June 2012 at 09:25

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Review: “The Hymns of Philip Doddridge”

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The Hymns of Philip Doddridge

Comp. and ed. Graham C. Ashworth

Soli Deo Gloria, 2010, 215pp., hardback, $24

ISBN 978-1-60178-107-9

This beautifully-presented volume is essentially a conservative reproduction of the third edition of Doddridge’s Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scripture, containing 375 hymns divided into sections on the Old Testament, the New Testament, and particular occasions. In addition to the indices, the editor has added appendices with Doddridge’s key dates, additional hymn listings, some tunes in the public domain that could readily be employed, and – perhaps most interestingly – a theological analysis of the hymns. The hymns themselves are doctrinally potent and structurally sound, if occasionally a little clunky. There is an earthy clarity of expression that brings deep theology within reach of our understanding and affections, for these works lack neither breadth of truth nor depth of experience. That the language and range of reference will sometimes defeat today’s reader and singer speaks more, it might be argued, in criticism of us than of Doddridge. One would probably not contend for Doddridge to take his place in the upper pantheon of British hymnwriters, but those wishing to understand the craft, as well as Doddridge appreciators, will find this a stimulating resource.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Tuesday 20 March 2012 at 10:55

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“We sing the grace of God above”

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Niagara  L.M.

We sing the grace of God above,
Of boundless goodness, boundless love;
The story on our hearts engraved
Of sins forgiven, of sinners saved.

Here justice, mercy, wisdom shine –
The outworked plan of grace divine.
In Jesus Christ the cords all meet,
In Christ we see the plan complete.

And did this Christ come from on high,
This sinful soul to justify?
Yes, our Redeemer left his throne
And came to earth to claim his own.

And shall I come to heaven above?
‘Tis all of grace and all of love
That Christ should live and die for me,
And set my soul at liberty.

He died for us, our sins to atone;
He died to make us each his own,
And soon we join our Christ on high:
Elect, redeemed, and glorified.

Then lift your hearts to speak his praise –
The wonders of his matchless grace!
This humble gift we gladly bring:
The praises of our Saviour King.



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Written by Jeremy Walker

Friday 26 September 2008 at 15:07

“When all about me falters”

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Rutherford 7 6. 7 6. 7 6. 7 5

When all about me falters
And life itself seems bleak,
When all things seem against me,
Beset about and weak,
I cast myself upon you,
My Saviour, faithful, true,
And cry, with heart o’erflowing:
“I will follow you.”

Should men rise up against me
And threaten me with death;
Should Satan’s storms wash o’er me
And chill my latest breath –
I gladly gaze beyond them,
And Christ is all I view.
I pledge, with love abounding,
“I will follow you.”

When sin’s defeated spirits
Seek still to drag me down,
When, tempted and dejected,
I see my Saviour frown,
Then cast myself before you,
Convicted all anew,
To beg, “Lord, give me grace that
I may follow you.”

I wandered in the desert,
A drought beset my heart;
Elijah’s cry rose in me –
“O Lord, I would depart.”
Then from the blessed Fountain,
As sweet as mountain dew,
I drank, revived, and whispered:
“I will follow you.”

I sighted distant glory,
I turned and set my face
To gaze on things of heaven
And on the God of grace.
The world dimmed fast about me,
Before me my heart flew.
I cried: “To dwell in glory,
I will follow you.”

When I think on my Saviour,
My Christ, the Crucified,
His thorn-crowned brow, his stripes, and
Wounded, bleeding side,
His life, so freely given,
My purpose does renew;
I pray: “Dear Lord, in all things
I will follow you.”



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Written by Jeremy Walker

Friday 29 August 2008 at 10:14

Contemporary Christian music – style or substance?

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Written by Jeremy Walker

Monday 18 August 2008 at 14:51

“O, Holy Spirit, come!”

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Augustine S.M.

O, Holy Spirit, come!
We need your gracious light
To open up our blinded eyes,
And drive forth shades of night.

We search the precious Word,
But stumble as we go.
Come, set our feet upon the Rock
That we the way might know.

Our understanding help;
Our meditation bless;
We, by ourselves, cannot advance –
Our weakness we confess.

Reveal the truth of God,
And give us hearts to love
The promise and direction that
Have come from heaven above.

So grant increasing light,
And open up the Word.
Give ears to hear and eyes to see
The glories of the Lord.



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Written by Jeremy Walker

Wednesday 13 August 2008 at 11:15

Congregational singing

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Some very stimulating thoughts on some of the reaons behind what can feel to be the slow death of congregational singing can be found here.  For those interested, the thoughts seem to have begun here and wandered through here on the way.

Mind you, its worth noting that good hymns, a handheld hymnbook, an organ or piano, and a reformed doctrine of worship don’t necessarily guarantee God-glorifying congregational singing either.  Perhaps that’s a matter for another post . . .

Written by Jeremy Walker

Saturday 26 July 2008 at 13:23

Posted in General, While wandering . . .

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