Finding Comfort In The Psalms

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God created us emotional beings and when we experience loss, hurt and betrayal, what we need the most is comfort.

Some people turn to alcohol, others to food, drugs, or other addictions.

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But, did you know God has given us the book of Psalms for our comfort?

Those who wrote the Psalms poured out their hearts to God during the good and troubling times.

Their life experiences inspired them to pen the Psalms, and they used their poetic and musical gifts to do so.

Psalm 119:52 says we will find comfort in the word of God.

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I remembered Your judgments of old, O Lord, And have comforted myself. Psalm 119:52

If you are experiencing the loss of a family member, retrenchment from a job, a terminal illness, or any other difficult life situation, reach out for God’s comfort through the Psalms.

God will show you compassion even where the loss is of your own making.

To get the most out of the Psalms, look at the title that precedes each and choose the one appropriate for your situation.

For example, the title of Psalm 57 (NKJV) is “Prayer for Safety from Enemies.” You can read it when facing attacks by your enemies and those who turn against you.

God’s comfort in your suffering comes from the promises He gives you during tough times.

They give you hope because you know He will come through for you (Psalm 119:50).

Cast your cares on the Lord and He will see you through your trials. He is the God who will also restore all you have lost.

Psalms When Feeling Lonely

“When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me.”Psalms 27:10

“He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.”Psalms 147:3

“Yea, 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.”Psalms 23:4 

“Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, For I am desolate and afflicted.”Psalms 25:16 ​

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.”Psalms 121:1-2 ​

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”Psalms 46:1

Psalms When Feeling Depressed

“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.”Psalms 34:17

“I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.”Psalms 40:1-2

“But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.”Psalms 3:3

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.”Psalms 42:11

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.”Psalms 37:23-24  

Psalms For Those Who Are Mourning

“I will say to God my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”Psalm 42:9

“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness. Psalm 30:11

“Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD; Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications.”Psalm 130:1-2

“The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.”Psalm 34:18

“This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.”Psalm 119:50

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.”Psalm 121:1-2 

Psalms For Those Facing Job Loss

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.”Psalm 23:1-2 

“I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.”Psalm 37:25

“Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”Psalm 50:15

“Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”Psalm 55:22

“Yea, 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 23:4

“Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!”Psalm 27:14

“Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.”Psalm 37:3-5

Psalms For Anyone Feeling Lonely

“When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me.”Psalm 27:10

“He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.”Psalm 147:3

“Yea, 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 23:4 

“Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, For I am desolate and afflicted.”Psalm 25:16

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.”Psalm 121:1-2

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”Psalm 46:1

Psalms For The Sick

He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

I said, “Lord, have mercy on me! Heal me, for I have sinned against you.” Psalm 41: 4

Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, He saves them out of their distresses. He sends his word, and heals them, and delivers them from their graves. Psalm 107:19-20

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 23:4

My flesh and my heart fails, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26

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