If it were asked, "What have the Psalms done?" I would answer, for one thing, they have made men -- men of heroic mold, of lofty faith, of fearless soul, who bowed the knee to none save God, and loved their liberty more than they loved their lives. Of them it might be said, as Lelievre, the Frenchman, writes of the Huguenots -- for the character of Puritan and Huguenot was of the same fine moral fiber: "The effect of the Psalms on the character of the Huguenots was wonderful. They nourished the moral life of a race of men such as the world will perhaps never see again." Yes, the world would be infinitely poorer without these Puritans -- worshipers of God, haters of unrighteousness, singers of Psalms, great nation-builders.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
What Have the Psalms Done?
George W. Robinson, "The Psalms in History," in John McNaugher, ed., The Psalms in Worship, pp. 515-516: