The Psalms are the Standard

Proponents of contemporary worship music ordinarily compare it to what they call traditional hymns,  and argue that some of the best of the one are nearly as good (or as good) as the worst of the other. Fair enough, but is that our standard? Study the biblical psalms and ask whether, on lyrical grounds, the various forms of contemporary music demonstrate anything like the theological or literary integrity or profundity of the individual psalms. The best hymn-writers have made this their goal and standard. T. David Gordon in Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns, p. 48.