This is the fifth and final 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.
Praise and worship are two methods of expressing one thing – ministry to the Lord. It doesn’t matter if you sing or dance or wave your hands or shout “hallelujah” or kneel down or play an instrument or simply sing a song you make up for Him. What matters to the Lord is the time you’ve set aside to stop and look right at Him, to connect with Him, to enter into His presence, to glorify and exalt only Him. Gratitude is the point of origin for all worship and it’s what the Lord desires in your praise- your thanksgiving. From the foundation of gratitude, praise is built into a holy altar “not made with human hands” (Acts 17:24) upon which you sacrifice yourself: your inhibitions, your emotions, your thoughts, your experiences – in order to honor the Lord.
Will you always feel like it? No! That is the essence of the “sacrifice of praise“! (Hebrews 13:15) There are fifty-six “mizmowr” Psalms, songs to sing – more than enough for each week of this entire year! Truly, Jesus Christ has a new song for you in every season and as this series wraps up, I hope you’ll go back and spend time combing through the “mizmowr” Psalms every time you need a new song to sing. “A Song for Every Season” has been written for you. You just need to find that song and then sing it to Him!
The song of the servant who serves the Lord is written and sung day by day behind closed doors and in front of the world
Psalm 88: The worst seasons of life can make you feel like it’s just never the right time to worship, but really, it’s the best thing you can do! Worship is a weapon of war. That is why Satan tries to get disconnect you from it by focusing on how you “feel”. How you feel has nothing to do with faith! WORSHIP the Lord. In His presence is everything you need, even when you’re at your worst- sing it all to Him: “…my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to death… I am a man who has no strength… Lord, I call daily upon You, and I have stretched out my hands to You. Unto You have I cried, O Lord, and in the morning my prayer comes before You. O Lord, why do You cast away my soul? Why do You hide Your face from me?”
Psalm 92: Through it all, you are not alone. Satan wants you to think that, but it’s a lie! Jesus Christ, your Heavenly Father and His Holy Spirit – the three Persons of the Godhead – is all-powerful, omniscient, I AM and holy beyond what the mind can comprehend. Psalm 92 is “high praise”, known as “A song for the Sabbath”, reminding the spirit of who He really is. If you want to experience life under the power of His greatness, build your life around giving Him your gratitude! “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises unto Your name, O Most High; to declare forth Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness in the night… I will sing joyfully at the works of Your hands….Those that are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God….He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”
Psalm 98: When it seems like God is doing nothing, worshipping Him will strengthen your spirit as you remind yourself of all that He has done. Make a list. Write it down. Worship Him for it. God has been faithful to you- and He still is and you will see it again! If you can’t see it, look behind you and you will. Then, when you look ahead, your spirit will see through the eyes of faith. “Oh, sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous deeds! His right hand and His holy arm have accomplished deliverance. The Lord has made known His salvation…all the ends of the earth have seen the deliverance of our God…Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth; break out in loud songs, and sing praises!”
Psalm 100: Need a miracle? An answer to prayer? A mountain moved? Get into the presence of God by praising Him! Stir up thanksgiving in your heart and set your mind on Him alone! That is how you enter into His presence. Bless His name. Don’t make requests or pour our your heart. That is what prayer is for. WORSHIP! If you want the gates of heaven open, you have the key! “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.”
Psalm 101: The lifestyle of a worshipper doesn’t include the “habit” of worship. A lifestyle is part of who you are, and worship is the natural outflow of a heart filled with gratitude. Remember, worship is finding the song to sing in every season. How you life matters because God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5-7) The song of the servant who serves the Lord is written and sung day by day behind closed doors and in front of the world: “I will sing of mercy and justice; to You, O Lord, I will sing. I will consider the path that is blameless…I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before my eyes….He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house…”
Psalm 108: There are just going to be times in life when it takes every, single ounce of your willpower to worship the Lord. But when you do? The spiritual power of that sacrifice ignites the Spirit of God. He speaks sacrifice! If worship feels like a sacrifice today, you’re on the right track. Do it anyway. Worship the Lord and then watch Him tread down your enemies! “My heart is determined; I will sing and give praise with my whole heart…I will praise you, O Lord, among the peoples, and I will sing praises unto You among the nations..That Your beloved ones may be delivered, provide salvation with Your right hand and answer me..Through God we shall be valiant, for He shall tread down our enemies.”
Psalm 109: Need a word from God? Struggling with a life situation? Worship! Whatever you are seeking for, standing in faith for, searching for, God has your answer. Draw close to Him and sing, worship to strengthen your connection to His spirit, to better hear His voice and to stay firm in your faith! God will have the victory! “Do not remain silent, O God of my praise!…In return for my love they are my adversaries, but I give myself to prayer…You, O God my Lord, work on my behalf for your name’s sake; because your mercy is good, deliver me. For I am poor and needy…Help me, O Lord my God! Save me according to Your mercy, that they may know that this is by Your hand…”
Psalm 110: When you’re walking into a difficult season or battle, make sure that you are following the Lord and allowing Him to go first. He is a shield, but only if you get behind Him! Jesus Christ holds “all power” (Matthew 28:18) and He has given that to you, but He is willing to protect in your battle you if you’ll let Him take control. Remember this: The worst attacks are on the one who goes first! “Your people will follow you in the day of your battle; on the holy mountains at dawn of the morning, the dew of your youth belongs to you… The Lord is at your right hand; He shall strike down kings in the day of His wrath….”
Psalm 139: The Lord already knows. He sees who you really are. He knows what you’re really like. He can read your mind. He can hear your heart. He knows your secret struggles, your unsanctified thoughts and actions. He knows what motivates you, what scares you, what infuriates you, what hurts you, what you’re ashamed of and you really, really regret and He loves you anyway so you may as well worship! Satan wants to disconnect you by making you feel unworthy, but HE is worthy- that’s why you worship! “Where shall I go from Your spirit, or where shall I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in death, You are there…My frame was not hidden from You. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand….”
Psalm 140: God is on your side. Even when everyone else is against you. God is on your side, even when you are not on your own side. God is on your side, even when you are under threat or worried about something bad or hoping for the best. God is on your side. What that looks like is up to Him. You worry about staying close to His presence. Sing your praise! He’ll worry about the rest: “Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men…who plan evil deeds in their heart and continually gather together for conflicts…The proud have hid a snare for me…O God my Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle…I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted and will give justice to the poor. Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto Your name; the upright shall dwell in Your presence…”
Psalm 141: Fix your eyes on the Lord. Don’t look around you or you’ll lose faith. Don’t look within you or you’ll lose heart. Look to Him and gain strength. Whatever “they” do, you stay upright, close to Him, in the light, and behind His shield. There will be many opportunities to stumble, but worship will help you win the war within yourself, first. Then, the battle around you will be that much easier. Your flesh will be your greatest enemy, but God has the winning strategy! The Word, prayer and worship! “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not let my heart be drawn to any evil…When their judges are thrown to stony places, then they shall hear my words, for they are sweet…Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by and escape.“
Psalm 143: One of the most effective and important things you can do for your faith is to stir up your remembrance. We all forget what God has done when times get tough, and then it becomes hard to worship- yet worship isn’t about what God can do (although we thank Him for those things!), praise is about who He is! Remembering what He has done will remind you that He can and will do it again. You’ll need that if you’re going to stay strong in the life of faith and keep your light burning in the darkness! “…For the enemy has persecuted my soul; he has crushed my life down to the ground; he has made me to dwell in darkness, as those who have been long dead. Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I consider the work of Your hands.I stretch forth my hands unto You my soul thirsts after You as a thirsty land…”