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Scottish Metrical Psalms with Notes by John Brown

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Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord (Eph 5:19)

Scottish Metrical Psalms, also known as The Psalms of David in Metre, was authorized by the Church of Scotland in 1650. The text includes the complete Psalms in meter for singing, speaking or chanting. The notes were added by John Brown, Late Minister of the Gospel at Haddington. His comments are meant for "Exhibiting the Connexion, Explaining the Sense, and for Directing and Animating the Devotion."

From the Introduction

"No part of Christian worship is more plainly warranted by the Oracles of God, than the ordinance of the singing of psalms...The Holy Ghost hath, in the Psalms of David, and other scriptural songs, furnished us with a rich collection of Gospel doctrines and precious promises; an extensive fund of solid experiences; an exhaustless mine of Gospel grace and truth; an endless variety to suit every state or condition, in which either our own soul, or the church of Christ, can be upon earth. These were all framed by Him who searcheth the hearts, and knows the deep things of God; and hence must be better adapted to the case of souls or societies, than any private composition whatever."

Sample Text

Psalm 23

A Psalm of David.

Here is the children's psalm, and which is, in very deed, a noted song of all the children of God. Behold, (1.) New-covenant relation to God, as a full and everlasting security against hurtful wants, ver. 1. (2.) Pleasant experience of God's acting up to his new-covenant character, in disposing of, directing, assisting, feasting and comforting his people, ver. 2-3, 5. (3.) Well-grounded hopes of God's careful and seasonable supplies; of his comfortable presence and help amidst distress and death; of the perpetual and everlasting manifestation of his mercy and grace to us-ward; and of our endless nearness to, and immediate enjoyment of him, ver. 1, 4, 5-6. While I sing, let me think, as before God, whether I have the experimental knowledge of all these things. Let my soul be as a daughter of the horse-leech, crying mightily, Give, give what is good. And let me, in all these forms, taste and see that God is good.

metric: 8,6,8,6
1The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want.
2He makes me down to lie
In pastures green: he leadeth me
the quiet waters by.

3My soul he doth restore again;
and me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
ev'n for his own name's sake.

4Yea, though I walk in death's dark vale,
yet will I fear none ill:
For thou art with me;
and thy rod and staff me comfort still.

5My table thou hast furnished
in presence of my foes;
My head thou dost with oil anoint,
and my cup overflows.

6Goodness and mercy all my life
shall surely follow me:
And in God's house for evermore
my dwelling-place shall be.

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