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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 part of the leadership team of Jubilee Church, a growing multicultural church in London where he has preached regularly for more than ten years. His book, Raised With Christ: How The Resurrection Changes Everything was published by Crossway in 2010. A medical doctor by training, Warnock runs a popular Christian blog at adrianwarnock.com.