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Aug 18, 2019 | Randy Gunter

Worship in Order: Head, Heart and Hands

Psalms 98:1-9

Worship in Order: Head, Heart and Hands
Psalm 98

Thoughts and lessons on modern Christian worship

Jesus warned that attempting to build life and faith in anything other than biblical truth would be as foolish as building a house on sand—a collapse is inevitable.  

God is for creativity, beauty, art, and music; he is for each of these emotional expressions. However, he requires that our expressions be grounded in truth and for his glory. Whatever we do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV). 

Models of Worship



A current trend is to promote spiritualized music or spiritually-charged worship—and many people are flocking to that trend—but God and his people are best served with spirit-filled music and spirit-filled worship. 

Psalm 98 gives us insight into great worship and praise music and expressions.  

1 Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. 2 The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. 3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. (Psalm 98:1-3 ESV)

Singing praise to God is a response to something that he has done. 


When we remove intellect from worship, failing to engage biblical truth, great consequences occur: 1) we get emotional or emotionless singing, 2) expressions are not rooted in truth, 3) people are led astray, and 4) God is robbed of the glory that he desires.

True worship involves our head, heart, and hands.  

4 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! 5 Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! 6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD! 7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! 8 Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together 9 before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity. (Psalm 98:4-9 ESV) 

We are to joyfully shout to the Lord and burst out in songs of praise to him. 

The command for the congregation to shout is undeniable in the Bible. (Psalm 32:11, Psalm 47:1, Psalm 71:23) 

Expression is essential to the praise and worship of God. 

Series Information

The Book of Psalms is full of rich insight into God's plan for our lives. It speaks to our response to God, both in seasons good and bad. 

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