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5 Types of Psalms for Reading, Praying and Counseling 

 

Language of Praise

Praise psalms are also known as hymns and praise God for his many glorious attributes and actions of power and mercy as seen in creation as well as his governance over the nations.

God as Creator: 8, 19, 29, 104, 148
God as Deliverer for Israel: 66, 100, 111, 114, 148
God as Lord of history: 33, 103, 113, 117, 145, 146, 147
God and Zion: 46, 48, 76, 84, 87, 122

 Language of Lament

Lament psalms help the worshipper speak directly and honestly to God expressing his pain, sorrow, abandonment, anger and confusion of life in this world. The psalms of lament make up more than a third of all psalms, and some can contain harsh language, curses and calling for devastating judgment to fall on wickedness.

Individual: 3-7, 13, 22, 25-28, 61, 63, 73, 74, 77, 88, 130, 140
Communal: 44, 60, 79-80, 83, 85, 90 or 123
National laments/oppression and deliverance: 12, 44, 58, 60
Imprecatory laments: 12, 35, 58, 59, 69, 70, 109, 137, 140

 Language of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving psalms express gratitude to the Lord for hearing and responding to petitions for deliverance, rescue and help. These psalms by nature reflect back on the mercies of God (historical), looking at what God has done in the community or the life of the individual and end with a renewal of praise to and faith in God.

Psalm 18, 30, 32, 34, 40, 65, 66, 67, 75, 92, 106, 107, 116, 118, 124, 136, 138

 Language of Confession

Confession psalms or penitential psalms lead one in repentance and renewal before God. Sins of anger, lust, bitterness, envy and acts of selfishness lead to trouble or conflict. These psalms help to the individual approach God in the midst of sin and seek his forgiveness, peace and joy.

Psalm 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143

Language of Trust

Trust psalms express faith in God in the midst of trial and adversity. These are psalms that one can pray, meditate and trust when faced with difficult trials.

Psalm 11, 16, 23, 27, 62, 91, 121, 125, 131