...we would venture to suggest to those who love to sing hymns in worship, an intellectual exercise that would involve little strain and might prove very instructive, namely; to select their favorite hymns and compare them calmly, side by side, with psalms on the same themes. And we think that, with a little literary taste and, above all, with a little spiritual taste, they will find that they are comparing molehills with Alps. The very most that they can say of the finest human hymns is, that they are worthy of the cultured and sanctified intellect of a good man; while the very least they can say of the Psalms, if they speak truly, is that, in their colossal height of poetic conception and of gracious revelation, they are worthy of God.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Comparing Molehills With Alps
James Dick, "Hymns and Hymnbooks" (The Original Covenanter, Vol. 3, No. 12, December 1883):