A Gospel-Ordinance Concerning the Singing of Scripture Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs – by Cuthbert Sydenham (1622–1654)


Psalm singing is a Gospel command but many churches don’t practice it. Sydenham explains why this is a command, and how we are to praise God in this central aspect of the Christian life – worshiping God correctly.


A Gospel-Ordinance Concerning the Singing of Scripture Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, by Cuthbert Sydenham (or Sidenham) (1622–1654)

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Cuthbert Sydenham (or Sidenham) (1622–1654) received Presbyterian ordination, and was a Reformed Calvinistic Preacher during the era of the Westminster Assembly. He died at an early age, though he was used mightily by God as a preacher of the Gospel and theologian.

This work on psalm singing is one of the few complete puritan treatments of the subject. Since singing psalms is a Gospel command, Cuthbert teaches this topic very seriously, and covers important objections that are often raised against psalmody – something the Westminster Puritans taught without exception. In seven chapters Cuthbert explains both Ephesians and Colossians concerning “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs,” as well as topics such as the lawfulness of Psalm Singing as an ordinance, the translation of the Psalms to be sung, the abuses of the Roman and Episcopal Church on psalm singing, how we teach and admonish one another with psalms, and important notes about how we are to sing with a mixed multitude in corporate worship. This is a valuable treatment of the subject and is well worth time and consideration on a doctrine almost completely forgotten in our day.

This is not a scan or facsimile, and has been updated in modern English for easy reading. It also has an active table of contents for electronic versions.