Five Reasons We Do Not Need Ken’s Doxology

In a recent essay I mentioned in passing that we do not need Bishop Ken’s seventeenth-century substitute (i.e., “Praise God from whom all blessings flow…”) for the Psalms since there are five doxologies inspired by the Holy Spirit and included in the Psalter (i.e., the 150 Psalms) in God’s Word. The Psalter is in five books and each book ends with a doxology. A reader wrote to ask which Psalms contain the doxologies. Here they are:

  1. Psalms 41:13
  2. Psalms 72:18–19
  3. Psalms 89:52
  4. Psalms 106:48
  5. Psalms 150:1–2

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  1. My favorite is Ps. 72:18-19 out of the 1650 Psalter, to the tune “Effingham.”

    Now blessed be the Lord our God,
    the God of Israel:
    for he alone doth wondrous works
    in glory that excel.

    And blessed be his glorious name
    through all eternity.
    The whole earth let his glory fill.
    Amen, so let it be.

  2. The more I read and study, the more convinced I am that the church should use the psalter, not a psalter hymnal. Indeed, I now feel uncomfortable when singing hymns in worship (in other settings I still enjoy them.) Praying that all the NAPARC denominations will one day move in that direction, especially my beloved URCNA.

  3. What are your thoughts on the use of the Gloria Patri? I think it’s excluded by the RPW but I know it has a very long history in the Christian church.

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