Doxology, Theology, and the Mission of God

2012 Doxology and Theology Conference


In this 40-minute session from the 2012 Doxology and Theology Conference, Matt Boswell uses Psalm 96 to describe how theology is at the heart of doxology. Matt is the founder of the Doxology and Theology Conference and the Pastor of Ministries & Worship at Providence Church in Frisco, Texas.


Matt encouraged us as worship leaders to be students of God. Why is that so important? How do you grow in your understanding of theology and Scripture?
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Matt referred to Psalm 96 throughout his teaching. Take a moment to read verses 1–13 before considering the following questions.

Psalm 96:1-13 (ESV)

Worship in the Splendor of Holiness

1Oh sing to the Lorda new song;

sing to the Lord, all the earth!

2Sing to the Lord, bless his name;

tell of his salvation from day to day.

3Declare his glory among the nations,

his marvelous works among all the peoples!

4For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;

he is to be feared above all gods.

5For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,

but the Lord made the heavens.

6Splendor and majesty are before him;

strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

7Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,

ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!

8Ascribe to the Lordthe glory due his name;

bring an offering, and come into his courts!

9Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;

tremble before him, all the earth!

10Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!

Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;

he will judge the peoples with equity.”

11Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;

let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

12let the field exult, and everything in it!

Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy

13before the Lord, for he comes,

for he comes to judge the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousness,

and the peoples in his faithfulness.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



Matt offered five truths about congregational worship from Psalm 96.
  1. The worship of the church is theocentric. (vv. 1–3)
  2. The worship of the church is built upon, shaped by, and saturated with Scripture. (vv. 1–3)
  3. The worship of the church is gospel-wrought. (vv. 4–9)
  4. The worship of the church is congregational. (vv. 1–13)
  5. The worship of the church is missional. (vv. 10–13)

How do you lead your congregation in God-centered worship that reflects Psalm 96 and Colossians 3:16? Is there anything you would change?
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Matt explained that worship is a response to divine revelation and what we believe about God. How is this true for you? How does this affect the way you lead worship?
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In what ways have you worshipped worship and your own fame? What kind of daily reminders of the gospel might help ground your identity in Christ?
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Matt offered practical examples for leading more congregational and missional worship services. Which do you already embrace? How can you grow in this area?
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Matt said, “When we gather, we are rehearsing for the worship of eternity.” How does this change your perspective on worship?
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There is nothing we can offer the kingdom that is not given to us by grace. May we be heralds of the goodness of the gospel in song. May we “Sing to the LORD, bless his hame; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!”  ~Psalm 96:2–3 (ESV)


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