"Therefore I will praise you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name."
The Book of Psalms teaches us much about God's nature and what He desires from us. The word psalm means, "a sacred song or hymn."(Dictionary.reference.com). Psalms are valuable for personal spiritual development and encouragement. The Psalms teach us that our Spiritual God requires Spiritual worship from His people. Many Psalms translated in the King James Version of the Bible contain a title with Hebrew directive words to show the singers and musicians in what manner the Psalm is to be sung. Here are those words and their meanings. I pray that this enriches your reading of the Psalms.
Psalm: Hebrew - Mizmor "To be sung with instruments." 57 Psalms with this title
Song: Hebrew- Shir Pronounced "Shy-ear" denotes vocal piece 31 instances
Prayer: An entreaty to the Lord. 5 Psalms with this title.
Praise: A vocal exclamation of God's goodness. Psalm 150
Maschil: Skillful special teaching. Occurs 13 times.
Michtam: Musical composition, speaks of atonement and faith.
Song of Degrees: Sung by pilgrims as they ascended Mt. Zion.
To The Chief Musician: To be led by the worship leader, shows authority. 55 times.
Neginoth: Sing song with stringed instrument.
Nehiloth: Sing song with flute or wind instrument. Psalm 5
Sheminth: Sing with 8 stringed lyer (harp) by men. Psalm 6
Shiggaion: Wild passionate song. Psalm 7
Gittih: Music sung while pressing grapes.
Muthlabben: Dirge for the death of a son. Psalm 9.
Alamoth: Sung by women. Soprano.
Mahalath: Sing while dancing.
To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, a Psalm of David.
These directive words express that the authoritative leader should play this skillful teaching song of David on the stringed instrument.
"I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness; and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high."
Will Praise: Strong's #3034: Yahdah To throw, to cast, to speak out, confess, to praise, to sing, to give thanks. According to the Apostle John, God wants a person to be cleansed through confession (I John 1:9). This constant acknowledgement maintains a proper relationship with God. The name Judah comes from the root word Yahdah. Praise acknowledges Who God is and what He has done for us.