“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” —Psalm 1:1
The Scottish Psalter was written anonymously in 1635 and published and appointed for use in worship by the Church of Scotland in 1650. Scripture paraphrases were added in 1781. The Scottish Psalter and Paraphrases was the primary hymnal used by the Church of Scotland through the 19th century. The Scottish Psalter was originally contained in one volume. When the Scripture paraphrases were added in the 18th century, its addition expanded the singular volume.
“And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, Who am I, O LORD God, and what is mine house, that Thou hast brought me hitherto? And yet this was a small thing in Thine eyes, O God; for Thou hast also spoken of Thy servant’s house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O LORD God.” —1 Chronicles 17:16, 17
“Faith’s Review and Expectation” is a hymn that is more commonly known today as “Amazing Grace.” Penned by John Newton (1725-1807), this hymn first appeared in Olney Hymns published in 1779. 1 Chronicles 17:16-17 was the inspirational text that prompted Mr. Newton’s hymn.