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I PSALMS and HYMNS,
Extracted from various Authors.
By the Reverend Mr. M A D A N.
The FIFTH EDITION.
With, an A P P E N D I X.
Let the Word osCHR IS T JweN in you richly in all Wis*
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Speaking to yourselves f» Psalms-, and Hymns, and Spiritual
Sonos, singing and, making MeUJy in your Heart to the
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PR E FACE.
T is a true Observation I have somewhere met with, that there is no- Part of divine Worship' in- which we more m resemble- the Saints in Light, than when we are singing the Praises of our God. As this is so delightful an Exercise to all truly serious Persons, I can't but think that every Attempt to render it as edifying as possible, will be acceptable.
The Psalmist says, Ps. xlvii. 7. * Sing ye Praijes with Understanding. But this can not be done where the Song abounded! with Phrases, either abstruse in themselves, or beyond the Capacities of the Generality.
Again, it must be allowed there are Matters of private Judgment and mere Opinion, - concerning which it is far better to think anc let think, than to dispute ; these mould noi appear, if by any Means they can be avoided, in-a Book, chiefly designed for. Sees A JVorfrip: for we cannot join as we oughl in Teaching and admonishing- one another h Psalms and Hymns and Jpiritual Songs, i: they are mix'd with any Subject Matter so; Difference and Disputation.
Neither can any Plan for this, or indeed for any Part of Worship be right, that is; not laid upon the true Foundation for alt the Praise that shall ascend unto our God,. now and for ever, even Christ Jesus, The Righteous. In this Respect we must say, Other Foundation can no Man lay, than that is laid, which is JESUS CHRIST, iCor. iii. if. Hence it is„ that the Psalms of David are so transcendency delightful; they are full of Christ: David tells us, Pf. xlv. i-. His Tbngue was the Pen of a ready Writer, because be spake of the "Things he made touching the King. And our Hymns, as well as ouc Prayers and Sermons, if not made touching this everlasting King, are no better thanNadab and Abihu's strange Fire, an Abomination to- the LORD. Whatjo ver ye doin JVcrd or Deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving Thanks to COD and the Father by Him, Col. iik 17.
First then, I have endeavoured to select such Hymns, as may be most Useful for Edification in respect of Plainess and Simplicity of Expression. Not but too many will think I have not succeeded in this Point, and that there are expressions here and there as abstruse as If they were written in Arabic. But let these Readers turn to
I Cor. ii. 14. and there they will find the true Reason why they don't rtunderstand them, namely, because they are the very Words, or have a very near Relation to the very Words of that divine Book which was given by the Inspiration of the Spirit of GOD. In order to guide such, I have put Marginal References where I have thought needful, to keep them, if haply they may be kept, from despising the Words of God himself, and ignorantly fall into the grievous Sin of ridiculing the Scriptures. But these may be also useful for others, and if rightly attended to, will point out many very edifying Paraphrases in various Parts of this Book upon the sacred Text.
2dly, I have endeavoured to avoid inserting any thing that could tend to doubtful Disputations, therefore have contrived. as far as possible Iri collecting this little Volume, to lay aside all those Notions about Nen-Essentials, concerning which, the best People have and do differ, that with entile art, . as well as one Voice, all Christians may join in the Praises of our common Lord 1 fay all Christians, for Fundamentals there are we must insist upon, which if any Man doth not maintain and- believe^ , •vse cannot allow him to be a- Christian^
A 3l, Therefore: