If these men of a Reformed persuasion believed in exclusive psalmody surely you would expect to find it in the marginal notes of the Geneva Bible. The notes, however, have this to say against Colossians 3:16:
The General Assembly of 1647 gave instructions recommending that Zachary Boyd should: be at pains to translate the other Scriptural Songs in metre and to report his travels also to the Committee of Assembly, for the consideration of his work by the Presbyteries the following year. This is hardly the actions of an exclusive psalmist Assembly!
But yet we only sing ancient songs; no new song is heard from our mouth in the Church. Why then do we turn a deaf ear to the admonition of David so often repeated?
5. The Scottish Paraphrases. As far back 1741 it was first suggested to prepare a series of Scriptural paraphrases. This was hindered by political developments and it was not until 1781 that what became known as the Scottish Paraphrases appeared. These paraphrases eventually became a selection of 67 paraphrases in metrical verse of different Scripture portions covering both Old and New Testament. These paraphrases were collected and prepared by a committee of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in order to be sung in churches. Although never officially adopted by any Church Assembly, the paraphrases had significant use in succeeding years, mainly in the lowlands of Scotland.
The exclusive psalmist position of today is not the same as that which prevailed among many Reformed believers in Scotland in the past!
Previous posts on this subject:
1. The terms 'Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs' inEphesians 5:19 & Colossians 3:16 do not refer to the 150 Psalms of the Book of Psalms.
2. Old Testament and New Testament saints did not live by this exclusive psalmist rule.
3. The angels and glorified saints did not sing the psalms.
4. There are possible remnants of hymns/canticles/doxologies quoted in the New Testament.
5. Progressive Revelation argues against Exclusive Psalmody.
6. Exclusive Psalmody leads to different levels of worship.
7. The Exclusive Psalmist's position requires them to reject ever singing the 'very best song' in public worship.
8. If 'inspired praise' is required then an equally valid argument could be made for 'inspired praying' and 'inspired preaching' in public worship.
9. The early New Testament Church did not believe in Exclusive Psalmody.
10. The Reformers at Geneva did not believe or practice Exclusive Psalmody.
11. The Puritans did not all believe in Exclusive Psalmody.
12. The Westminster Divines did not believe in Exclusive Psalmody.