This is the third 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.
Continuing this week’s devotional series exploring the Mizmowr Psalms of David, you’ll find that there truly is a song of praise for every season. The beautiful thing about the Psalms is that they cover the entire range of the human experience – from despair, anger, remorse, doubt and fear to exaltation, perspective, joy, love, passion, triumph and faith. God is so faithful to provide a song to sing in every season and your job is to find it, and then sing it! Worship goes before and after a mighty move of God. Before God breaks through, your praise is an act of faith and when He moves in your life, your worship is an act of thanksgiving, but either way- worship is always the right response!
Before God breaks through, your praise is an act of faith and when He moves in your life, your worship is an act of thanksgiving, but either way- worship is always the right response!
Psalm 47: Get loud! Exalt the Lord! Sing praises to the Lord Most High! The King is on the throne! Clap, shout, sing for God has done great things! If you believe He is worthy, worship Him in celebration! This praise is for the person whose desire is to exalt a glorious God. No conditions. No agendas. No worries. Just worship! “God went up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises!”
Psalm 48: You are Zion, the city the Lord LOVES. He desires to dwell in close relationship with you. According to what He has done for you, praise Him from inside of your own story, your testimony – where you are, where He has set you, where your foot treads as you journey. Sing to the Lord, sing of His name and tell others of the great things He has done! “We have thought of Your lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of Your temple. According to Your name, O God, so is Your praise to the ends of the earth.”
Psalm 49: A song for the seasons of wondering, of wandering, of great wisdom. Contemplating the depth of observations of people snared in greed, selfishness and pride as the godly person seeks for new perspective in a fallen world. “Hear this, all you people; give ear, all you inhabitants of the world, both low and high, rich and poor together. My mouth will speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart will be understanding. I will incline my ear to a parable; I will expound my riddle with a harp.”
Psalm 50: A profound picture of what the Lord desires in worship- and the resulting blessings! Here, the heart of God is shows to desire a sacrifice of the heart and the body – thankfulness and the lifting up of the hands – from those who follow Him, contrasted by a rejection of the “worship” offered by people who choose to live apart from His will and reject His ways. “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is Mine, and all its fullness. Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? Sacrifice a thank offering to God, and pay your vows to the Most High, and call on Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will glorify Me…Whoever sacrifices a thank offering glorifies Me and makes a way; I will show him the salvation of God.”
Psalm 51: Following a difficult season that occurs from intentionally sinful choices and walking through the devastation of the aftermath and fallout, the natural consequences of sin, the song of praise to the Lord starts with confession of one who falls at the feet of a merciful God. This powerful song shows the determination of a worshipper whose sacrifice of praise extends beyond the darkness that sin brought. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your willing spirit…The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.”
Psalm 62: Why do people oppress, suppress, criticize and seek to harm? Why does it seem like the righteous are the victim of the world’s evils? The true power belongs to the Lord and the answers and the right perspective in times of trouble will be found inside of His presence. If you need a place of refuge, the power of God is ever-present and you will find the strength you need as you praise the God who is able. “My soul waits in silence on God alone; from Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my refuge; I will not be greatly shaken… Trust in Him at all times; you people, pour out your heart before Him; God is a shelter for us…God has spoken once, twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God.” Amen!
Psalm 63: A wilderness season. A time of dryness in your spirit. A time when you thirst for more. A time when you are alone, wandering, hungering and tired- meditate on the goodness of God. Remind yourself of the testimonies you carry of His faithfulness, of His provision, of His answered prayers. God is good. The wilderness is where God wins! “…my soul thirsts for You, my flesh faints for You, in a dry and thirsty land with no water… Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise You. Thus will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul will be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth will praise You with joyful lips.”
Psalm 64: Satan roams the entire earth looking for people he can oppress and he will continue to do so until the Lord’s return. Satan uses other people to bring pain and destruction into the life of a believer, but we don’t praise the Lord because life is good. We praise Him because HE is good! You worship Him. God sees it too. He’s got this! “…guard my life from dread of the enemy,” David wrote. “…they sharpen their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows—bitter words, that they may shoot in secret at the blameless… But God will suddenly shoot them with an arrow; they will be wounded. They will bring ruin on themselves by their own tongues; all who see them will flee away.”
Psalm 65: Remember, as David did, the greatness of God today- focus on His glorious power, His might and take time to meditate, to stir up your heart and mind to recall all of His wonderful works. Why? Because life will crowd in and make you forget. Because connecting with Him in praise is even more profound when you hold up a reason in your hand and wave it before Him! He has chosen you to come live in the place where He dwells – praise! What you need… He has it, so enter in! “Blessed is the man You choose and allow to draw near; he will dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, even of Your holy temple…In righteousness You will answer us gloriously, O God of our salvation…”
Psalm 66: God is ever present in the journey of your life. He has seen it all. He has been there through it all. But He waits for your invitation into the seasons and circumstances of your life every time. God will never shove His way past your will. Letting Him have His way means that trials and tribulations have purpose, promises and praise attached to them – He’ll refine you for as long as you allow it. You can trust Him! Daily be intentional about taking a step back and getting behind the God who will clear a path for you! “Oh, bless our God, you people, and make the voice of His praise to be heard, who keeps our soul among the living, and does not allow our feet to slip. For You, O God, have proved us; You have refined us, as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You placed distress on our backs. You have allowed people to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; but You brought us out into a well-watered place.”
Psalm 67: There is a powerful principle attached to praise. In Genesis 22:17 the Lord says, “…blessing I will bless you” and what that means is that as you humble yourself to praise and bless Him, you open a supernatural door to the blessings that God places on those who truly worship Him. There are specific promises tied to praise. Remember that true worship is ministry directly to the Lord. Don’t worry about what you need, just worship. He’ll take care of the rest! “Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for You will judge the people uprightly, and lead the nations on earth. Selah. Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. Then will the earth yield its produce…”
Psalm 68: If you’re in one of those seasons where you need to be reminded that God is able, this is the song for you! If you’re struggling to see what He will do, or how, or even when, remember that His power extends well beyond the confines of time, space, relationships, experiences, man’s wisdom and any other power on earth. Don’t sink under the weight of the world’s expectations, or your own experiences, stir up your spirit and meditate on the praise of Almighty God- written by a man who needed the same reminder! “You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts from people, yes, even from the rebellious, that the Lord God might dwell among them. Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God who is our salvation – That God is for us, the God of saving acts…”