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20 Differences Between the Psalms and Modern Worship Songs

There is a major difference between many modern worship songs and the Psalms. Too many modern songs speak only of the love of God, and he is seen only as a gentle and loving friend.

It’s not that the worship songs are wrong. It’s just that they can almost completely miss a different side of God’s character. I want to explore that a little today before we focus in another post on an event that happened in 2 Samuel 6 that shocks the modern reader.

In the Psalms, God is described as someone who:

1. judges (Psalm 1:6)

2. is full of wrath (Psalm 2:5, 12)

3. breaks the teeth of the wicked (Psalm 3:10)

4. is a God of honor and righteousness (Psalm 4:1-2)

5. hates all evildoers and destroys liars (Psalm 5:5)

6. disciplines (Psalm 6:1)

7. feels indignation every day (Psalm 7:11)

8. is majestic and full of glory (Psalm 8:1)

9. rebukes and blots out the wicked (Psalm 9:5)

10. stands far off and hides himself even when someone is in trouble (Psalm 10:1)

11. tests us, and pours burning coals on the wicked (Psalm 11:5-6)

12. cuts off flattering lips and boastful tongues (Psalm 12:3)

13. forgets people (Psalm 13:1)

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Adrian Warnock is a medical doctor who worked in the UK's NHS as a psychiatrist. He then worked in the pharmaceutical industry helping to run the clinical trials that bring us new medicines, and communicate the results. Adrian is author of Hope Reborn and Raised with Christ and has written a Christian blog since 2003 at Patheos. He has been a member of Jubilee Church London since 1995 where he served on the leadership team for more than a decade. Adrian was diagnosed with blood cancer in May 2017. He is the founder of Blood Cancer Uncensored and is passionate about helping people learn to approach suffering with hope and compassion.