Foundations of Praise

Psalm 100 is one of the most loved psalms—“Make a joyful noise to the Lord!” It really is the Bible’s protocol for worshiping God: Shout with joy and express your gratitude! Ascribe honor and acknowledge his greatness. Continue reading

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Does Hand-Clapping Praise God?

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The clapping of hands in the Bible has more to do with human aggression than the praise of God. Often we clap our hands to applaud a person or cause, or to the beat of a song—in church too—and there is nothing wrong with this. But let me show why clapping hands in praise to God is nowhere found in Scripture. Continue reading