JM has a great post today on the role Baptists had in initiating congregational hymn singing into worship service. The key figure in this movement was, of course, our hero, Benjamin Keach. Read the post HERE.
We believe that singing the praises of God, is a holy ordinance of Christ, and not a part of natural religion, or a moral duty only; but that it is brought under divine institution, it being enjoined on the churches of Christ to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; and that the whole church in their public assemblies (as well as private Christians) ought to sing God’s praises according to the best light they have received. Moreover, it was practiced in the great representative church by our Lord Jesus Christ with His disciples, after He had instituted and celebrated the sacred ordinance of His holy supper, as a commemorative token of redeeming love.
I find “according to the best light they have received” to be a direct response to exclusive Psalm singers.