Popular Reformed blogger James K. Earle published a scathing critique of the book of Psalms Monday, slamming the collection of ancient, inspired songs for their emotional nature and tendency to repeat refrains, “often more than once.”
Earle’s post reportedly contained a detailed breakdown of all the times the Psalms mentioned “distracting” emotions like discouragement, sorrow, loneliness, and joy.
“They just don’t seem very God-centered to me,” the blogger wrote. “They really ought to use more big theological words, like 19th century hymns do. That seems a lot more biblical to me.”
Earle also argued that the Psalms frequently repeated phrases, stating that made them “no better than modern worship trash.”
“Just take a look at Psalm 136: the song says ‘His love endures forever’ twenty-five times. Talk about vain repetition!” Earle wrote, adding that he was also uncomfortable with the Psalms’ obsession with God’s love rather than focusing on His wrath and anger.