As noted here previously, the April 1 issue of The Standard Bearer is a special issue devoted to the subject of psalm-singing. Included in this issue is an article on the history of psalm-singing in the church at large by Rev.Brian Huizinga, titled “Through Endless Ages Sound His Praise: The History of Psalm-Singing in the Church”.
We began referencing this article back on April 7 and then did so again on April 28, May 6, and May 12.
Now today we go on to the next section, covering the period of the Reformation. “Through Endless Ages Sound His Praise” is not only informative but also inspiring. And I hope by quoting from it, it will also be the same for you.
The Age of the Great Reformation
Powerfully moved by the Word of God and by singing, Martin Luther worked tirelessly to restore congregational singing so that all could sound Jehovah’s praise. However, it was especially John Calvin who labored to restore to psalmody its unrivaled place in worship.
Banished from Geneva in 1538 over certain liturgical practices to which he would not submit, Calvin later conceded on many issues in which he had mistakenly been too rigid. Instituting psalm-singing in Geneva was not one of them. It was a sine qua non of his return to Geneva. Thus, while pastoring a French-speaking congregation in Strasbourg with no French Psalter available, Calvin began working to produce a Psalter. He recruited the skilled Clement Marot, and later Louise Bourgeois and Theodore Beza, to produce what became the Genevan Psalter. It was first printed in 1542 after Calvin had returned to Geneva, and the final edition appeared in 1562. No Psalter was so widely popular and oft-translated.
The Genevan Psalter was well-used, especially on Sunday, and in church. For example, in Geneva:
The Lord’s Day was a special time for psalm-singing. Before each service, the churches would post on their doors what psalms would be sung. Devoted families would send a family member to check the numbers posted and the entire family would practice singing those psalms before each service. Also, between the Lord’s Day services, people were encouraged to sing psalms.
In his “Preface to the Psalter,” Calvin expressed his conviction regarding congregational psalmody,
Moreover, that which St. Augustine has said is true, that no one is able to sing things worthy of God except that which he has received from Him. Therefore, when we have looked thoroughly, and searched here and there, we shall not find better songs nor more fitting of the purpose, than the Psalms of David, which the Holy Spirit spoke and made through him. And moreover, when we sing them, we are certain that God puts in our mouths these, as if He Himself were singing in us to exalt His glory. 
 Bushell, Songs of Zion, p. 265.
 Joel R. Beeke, “Psalm Singing in Calvin and the Puritans,” in Beeke, Selvaggio eds., Sing a New Song, p. 23.
 Cited in Johnson, “History,” p. 49.