Overseers Adam Diehl & Jon Paul Robles

To understand Christian worship rightly, we need to understand the model laid out for us in the book of Psalms. I like to call it the “Why-How Model.”

Check out Psalm 100 (NIV):

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

In this passage, verse 5 answers the question, “Why?” It’s because the Lord is good and his love endures forever! Verses 1-4 explain how we should worship. Shouting, singing joyfully, being led by Him (v. 3), and being thankful are all ways we can worship God.

Check out another example, from the first part of Psalm 103 (NIV)

1 Praise the LORD, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.

In this example, verses 3-6 explain WHY we worship: he forgives, heals, and saves us. Verses 1 and 2 give us specific ways that we can worship: with my whole heart, and by remembering.

What examples can you find in the Psalms?

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