This is the first part in a week-long series of “Mizmowr” Psalms. “Mizmowr” is a Hebrew word for a specific type of Psalm – one that is set to music (taken from the Hebrew praise word “Zamar“). Each Mizmowr poem or song reflects specific emotions and circumstances faced by the people of God. I’ve provided links to each Psalm so you can read them in their entirety when the Lord quickens one to your spirit. I highly encourage you to PRAY before you begin the journey each day of this week and commit your spirit to Him as you search His Word for His way.
There are 56 “mizmowr” Psalms – one for each week of the whole year! If you’ve lost the song of worship in your heart or if you need a fresh word for the season you’re in, I am fully persuaded that the Lord will help you find the right Word to stand on and the Spirit-led song to sing as you seek Him each day of your life.
The book of Psalms is the how-to worship manual for all worshippers of the Most High God, His Holy Spirit and His Son, Jesus Christ. Filled with every type of praise, musical expressions, godly wisdom and instruction and the full range of human experiences and emotions, the Psalms are a go-to for every day living!
If you’ve lost the song of worship in your heart or if you need a fresh word, the Lord will help you find it as you seek Him for the song He has written for you to sing.
If you’re stuck for which Psalm to read each day or which to meditate on or if you feel like there is not way to praise that is relevant to you or if you struggle to worship as you walk through every season of your life (as we all do at times!), you’re going to see the goodness of God in His praise! God’s faithfulness to provide a “song for all seasons” will shine a light into the darkness for you and as you praise Him, you’ll find that in His presence is all you need to keep moving forward. Psalm 16:11 says, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” You’ve asked the Lord for more, and He has set it before you here, today, now – so run after it!
Psalm 3: The cry of one being unjustly pursued, when you know that, in spite of doing things right before God, you are still attacked, sometimes even by those you’ve loved the most: “Lord, how my foes have multiplied! Many rise up against me! But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who raises up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He answered me from His holy hill. Selah.”
Psalm 4: Inner turmoil about sin and righteousness and seeking to understand why it seems like some people get away with so much while the righteous continue to labor: “O people, how long will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love vanity and seek after lies? Selah. Know that the Lord set apart the faithful for Himself; the Lord hears when I call to Him.”
Psalm 5: Praying with expectation and waiting on God: “Give ear to my words, O Lord;consider my meditation.Listen to the voice of my cry,my King and my God, for to You will I pray. O Lord, in the morning You will hear my voice;in the morning I will direct my prayer to You, and I will watch expectantly.”
Psalm 6: When you feel the conviction of the Lord and have repented and are living with the consequences of your actions: “Return, O Lord, rescue my soul.Save me for the sake of Your lovingkindness. For in death there is no remembrance of You;in Sheol who will give You thanks?”
Psalm 8: Considering the overwhelming greatness of the creative power of God: “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have established, what is man that You are mindful of him,and the son of man that You attend to him?”
Psalm 9: Worshipping the Lord in response to His mighty act of deliverance: “Sing praises to the Lord who dwells in Zion; declare His deeds among the people. He who avenges deaths remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the humble.”
Psalm 12: Placing trust in the Lord to see you and help you amid adversity: “Because the poor are plundered, because the needy sigh, now I will arise,” says the Lord. “I will place him in the safety for which he yearns.”
Psalm 13: Losing strength while waiting in faith when you can’t see God working: “How long, O Lord? Will You forget me for good? … Take note and answer me, O Lord my God! Brighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, lest my enemy say, “I have him,” lest my foes exult when I stumble.”
Psalm 15: The lifestyle of one who wants to dwell in the presence of God: “Lord, who will abide in Your tabernacle? Who will dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and does righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart…” (Read an expanded teaching on Psalm 15 here!)
Psalm 19: Declaring the glory of God, glorifying the wisdom of His Word and submitting your spirit with His Word: “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart…”
Psalm 20: A prayer of blessing to sing over yourself, your family and your life: “We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners; may the Lord fulfill all your petitions…”