This is the second 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.
If you’ve lost the song of worship in your heart or if you need a fresh word for your season, 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, right now, in this moment.
Truly God is faithful and merciful and His long-suffering and lovingkindness are freely available to all who call upon His name! Written by the very real, very flawed, broken, determined people of God who had real problems, tough questions and strong emotions, the Bible reflects people just like you and me! Everyone stumbles and everyone falls, but not everyone gets up and keeps running – which are you? Praise is the path upon which the purposes of God are walked out in your life. No, you won’t always feel like praising the Lord and yes, sometimes it’ll feel like you have no reason to – that is the breaking point between faith and feelings! Get into worship – where your faith is put into action.
Remember: You’re going to see the power of God at work inside of yourself before you see it outside of yourself. If you’ve lost the song in your heart, the Lord has provided a way for your find a new one. Psalm 40:3 says, “He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God; many will see it, and fear, and will trust in the Lord.” Seek the Lord for the new song He has for you in this season! The range of human emotions is revealed in these special Psalms and you’ll find that no matter how dark or painful, each ends with HOPE in the LORD!
Psalm 21: Worshipping the Lord for His goodness as a faith response to an answered prayer, placing trust in Him that the miracle is on its way! As you wait? WORSHIP! Worship is proof that the answer to your need has already been met, even before you see it! “The king will rejoice in Your strength, O Lord, and in Your salvation how greatly will he rejoice! You have given him his heart’s desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah. …Be exalted, Lord, by Your strength; may we sing and make music to Your might.”
Psalm 22: Sometimes expressing the pain and vulnerability our heart’s desperation is what the Lord wants from you. He knows how bad the need truly is, do you? Worship and expressing your exaltation to the Lord will support your strength when it is hard to stay in faith. Declaring your faith, knowing that the Lord is the only hope to be found in trouble, is how you will the battle: “For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; nor has He hid His face from him, but when I cried to Him, He heard. From You my praise will be in the great congregation…”
Psalm 23: The Lord’s omnipresent help in all seasons and the worshipper’s response to life a live of praise: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Psalm 24: “Who is this King of glory?” the Psalmist wrote. The entire world wants to know! In some form or another, everyone is searching to connect with someone on a spiritual level. Maybe they won’t ask out loud, but you have the answer! Worship is your testimony to the world who has questions only He can fill! Worship in awe of the majestic power of God, written from the heart of a flawed yet faithful heart to tell the world who He really is: “Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift up, you everlasting doors, that the King of glory may enter. Who is He—this King of glory? The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of glory!”
Psalm 29: An awe-inspiring reminder of the terrible, fierce, raging, impressive majesty of the Lord to show you His power and stir your faith for a miracle in a God who will stop at nothing to rescue you. When God speaks, there isn’t any voice that can silence Him! Will you listen? If so, the whole world will hear Him!“The voice of the Lord flashes like flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness…The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders; the Lord is over many waters. The voice of the Lord sounds with strength; the voice of the Lord—with majesty.“
Everyone stumbles and everyone falls, but not everyone gets up – Praise is the path upon which the purposes of God are walked out in your life.
Psalm 30: A worship song of dedication and consecration when the Lord has walked with you through fire and proven His great goodness and enduring love to you: “For You have turned my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, so that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”
Psalm 31: A song of worship to the God who leads and guides, an affirmation of faithful commitment to follow Him, the struggles of the journey and the Lord’s strength revealed in waiting! “For I said in my haste, ‘I am cut off from before Your eyes.’
Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications when I cried to You…Be strong, and He will strengthen your heart, all you who wait for the Lord.”
Psalm 38: Utter despair. Agony of heart and soul. Pouring out pain. On the brink of letting go, giving up, sinking. YET. Peering into the darkness to see the salvation of God, our only hope. “I am numb and completely crushed; I have roared because of the groaning of my heart. Lord, all my desire is before You, and my sighing is not hidden from You… For I am ready to stumble, and my pain is continually before me… Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!”
Psalm 39: A song of commitment to honor the Lord even in hard times, tough situations, injustice, with the realization that we are all imperfect and we all have sinned. But there is hope in the Lord for covering all sin with His righteousness! “I said, “I will take heed of my ways so that I do not sin with my tongue; I will keep my mouth muzzled while the wicked are before me… Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.”
Psalm 40: Worship the Lord in your season of waiting on Him. He has heard you! The Lord is at hand! He has a NEW SONG for you to sing and your testimony will change the world and reveal His Son Jesus Christ! “I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my inward parts… I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinks about me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!”
Psalm 41: A season of being spoken against, mocked, reviled and misunderstood has sparked a beautiful song of worship reflecting complex, raw emotions poured out to a God who will uphold those who have grown weak in battle: “By this I know that You favor me, because my enemy does not triumph over me. As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, and set me before You forever. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting and to everlasting.”