Around 300 years ago, the father of English hymnody published a collection of hymns that inspired hymnwriters for centuries to come. The classic work Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of Isaac Watts is now republished for a modern audience as part of Doxology & Theology's Old Hymns New project.
Hundreds of years before the Reformation began in 1517, the church lost its song--songs were rare and when the church sung, it was mostly in Latin, not the language commonly used by the people. So when Luther nailed 95 Theses to the door of the church of Wittenberg, he hammered a beat that gave songs back to the church. The Reformation changed the course of history because it looked to both the past and the future--the foundation on which the church was built and what it could be again.
For us today, we stand on the shoulders of those who went before, and we carry on the work of reforming, always reforming and becoming more rooted in the gospel of Christ. In our reformation, we tend to look at the future with hope and a strong sense of our mission, but our forward-looking must carry the memories of Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Cranmer, Watts, and so many others. We must go back to the ancient paths, walking with those who have gone before as we together discover and rediscover the rich faith upon which the church is built.
So with today's republication of Watts' Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, we invite you to open a new book with old hymns, ready for use in your devotions, your churches, and your new melodies.
6.375 in x 9.375 in
Hardcover with dust jacket
Index by key words, Scriptures, and first lines
Publisher: Doxology & Theology Press