Prayers on the Psalms

From the Scottish Psalter of 1595

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Weight 0.07 kg
Dimensions 13.3 × 9.3 × 0.8 cm
topic

Encouragement

format

Book

Original Pub Date

1595

Banner Pub Date

Sep 1, 2010

binding

Paperback

page-count

152

scripture

Psalms

series

Pocket Puritans

isbn

9781848710955

Endorsement

Prayers on the Psalms is a triple treasure to me. It was edited by my beloved mentor David B. Calhoun, who is truly a gift to the church, it is drawn from the great Scottish Psalter of 1595 and the translated French prayers of Huguenot pastor martyr Augustin Marlorat, and it is based on the Psalms God has given his church to sing and pray in joy and tears. Read it devotionally and pray it passionately.’ — LIGON DUNCAN

‘To read the work of a Puritan doctor of the soul is to enter a rich world of spiritual theology to feed the mind, heart-searching analysis to probe the conscience, Christ-centred grace to transform the heart, and wise counsel to direct the life. This series of Pocket Puritans provides all this in miniature, but also in abundance.’ — SINCLAIR B. FERGUSON

Book Description

The Scottish Psalter of 1595 was unique in that it contained a series of prayers on the Psalms. Regarded as ‘one of the little-known devotional treasures of the Scottish Church’ these prayers breathe the spirit of humble confidence in God in the midst of trouble and persecution. Presented here in slightly updated form as Prayers on the Psalms they are sure to suggest much matter for prayer in public, private, and family worship.

Below is an example of how one pastor, Ligon Duncan, uses the prayers for personal devotion:
A picture of Ligon Duncan's copy of 'prayers on the psalms'
A picture of Ligon Duncan's copy of 'prayers on the psalms'

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  1. John Ross

    This is an outstandingly helpful little volume that contributes much to modern church life. First, it helpfully reminds us that the Scottish Reformers had no principial objections to reading written prayers. Following his practice on the continent, Knox himself had included written prayers in the 1562/64 Books of Common Order, but also allowed the minister the liberty of praying in an extemporary form, if he should so chose.

    Secondly, it brings us face to face with the best of Reformed liturgical devotion, whether for personal use – as may have been the original intention behind these prayers – or for corporate use. There is a directness and warmth, a fragrance indeed, to these forms of prayer that transcends the centuries.

    Thirdly, it reminds us of the very great value of succinct prayers, such as Cranmer used in the Book of Common Prayer, and such as we find here. As a Presbyterian minister I acknowledge how ministerial prayer in our tradition has often been marred by verbosity, repetitiveness, complication, and sadly, sometimes, even banality. These collects are a very welcome antidote, and readily lend themselves to being rendered in modern English for congregational use today.

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