Sunday, April 23, 2006

Calvin on Music

From John Calvin's "Preface to the Genevan Psalter."

"What is there now to do? It is to have songs not only honest, but also holy, which will be like spurs to incite us to pray to and praise God, and to meditate upon his works in order to love, fear, honor and glorify him. Moreover, that which St. Augustine has said is true, that no one is able to sing things worthy of God except that which he has received from him. Therefore, when we have looked thoroughly, and searched here and there, we shall not find better songs nor more fitting for the purpose, than the Psalms of David, which the Holy Spirit spoke and made through him. And moreover, when we sing them, we are certain that God puts in our mouths these, as if he himself were singing in us to exalt his glory" (1543).

From Goudimel's "Setting for Psalm 5 in the Genevan Psalter"

3 Comments:

Blogger anman said...

Makes me want to get back into singing. Good stuff.

7:47 AM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

This is a great post. Thank you for it.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Scribe said...

Thanks guys.

Hey Ryan, I enjoyed your blog very much.

2:54 PM  

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