Psalms of Lament are a cry of grief to God in difficult times. They often ask God questions like, Where are you in the midst of my suffering? Do you care about my pain? Why are you silent? Then they go on to remember the Living God and His ability to intervene, contend for his people, and vindicate wrongs. When reading these psalms of lament, keep in mind that you are not alone in your anguish. God promises that you have an eternal future and hope.
Psalms of Ascent were sung as the Jews ascended into Jerusalem to celebrate the annual feasts of Passover, Tabernacles, and Pentecost. They were sung to prepare their hearts for worship, in the midst of transition, as they dwelled on repentance, sacrifice, forgiveness, God’s faithfulness and His blessings. When reading these psalms, take some time to let them sink in and do a deep work in your heart.
Psalms of Praise exalt the greatness of God by celebrating his mercy, forgiveness, faithfulness, lovingkindness, and trustworthiness, while also proclaiming His place as our Sovereign, Creator, and Provider. When reading these psalms, meditate on His character and attributes and let your heart be stirred with joy!
Psalms of Thanksgiving offer gratitude to God for his gracious blessings. When reading these psalms, recall God’s tangible blessings in your life. .