I love the Psalms. I love that the Psalms are packed full of the honest heart cries of people in all kinds of different life circumstances. I love the honesty with which they felt free to approach God with. I think many people fail to realize that the vast majority of Psalms came pouring out of someone in pain and turmoil. Most of them are laments. They are people of God crying out to Him in the midst of their trials and heartaches.
The Psalms are beautiful because though they are sung by distressed people, they remind us that there is power in praise and there is comfort in His presence, even in the midst of pain, when we remember who our God is.
Today I am sharing 10 of my favorite Psalms to go to when I need to feel comforted and held. I included an excerpt of each Psalm but I highly suggest you read each Psalm in its entirety. At the very least make a comforting Psalms list in your Bible and jot these down for later.
So whether you are mourning, or just stressed and overwhelmed, I pray these Psalms bring you great peace & I pray the God of peace would surround you with His presence as you look into His Word. I pray you find comfort and rest for your soul.
But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness. The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:7-10
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:8-9&11
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:2-3
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:17-18
I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. Psalm 40:1-2
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea. Psalm 46:1-2
Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:1-2
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy.What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders;you have made known your might among the peoples. Psalm 77:11-14
I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress,my God, in whom I trust."For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. Psalm 90:2-6
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 Sheol, you are there! Psalm 139:7-8
I hope these comforting Psalms show you that it is okay to be honest and open with God about the storm raging in your soul. He promises to be close to the hurting. He tells us our pain hurts Him too. He sees the storm raging and luckily He’s the only one I know that winds and waves obey.
Don’t let your circumstances and trials pull you from God. Instead, press into Him when life is difficult. He is our comforter.
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I am so thankful for you. I pray these verses uplift your soul and remind you that you are wildly loved by the Father and you are not alone in whatever it is you are facing.
Until next time,