The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom [then] shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?
18 Best Psalms for Encouragement
Encouragement is a necessity of life. It is a healing medicine for our heart and our soul in the darkest of moments. The real question is, where do we get it from? Is there an endless source of encouragement somewhere? Sure, we can rely on a friend or family member once in awhile, and we try to console ourselves as best as we can. But as we know, people will eventually let us down … and we will inevitably fail ourselves. So then, where do we go for a reliable and constant source of encouragement and care? The truth is, we need supernatural help — something divine.
There is only One infallible, always reliable and inexhaustible source of divine encouragement in this life; an endless stream of hope, love, guidance and assurance perfectly tailored to your every situation and need. That Source is the divine Word of God. The Lord’s written Word, the Psalms in particular, are filled to the brim with (real) Truth and endless hope and encouragement. A source of infallible promise during the most stressful of times. In addition, Holy Scripture reminds us that whoever does seek the Lord in all times “shall lack no good thing” (Ps. 34:10). A win-win.
If you are in need of encouragement today, healing, uplifting and/or promising words, this is for you. As you prayerfully read over and meditate on these 18 Most Powerful Psalms for Divine Encouragement, remember that the Word of God is alive and active. You are not merely reading words on a page. Rather, God is communicating to you through them. Pay close attention to the verses that speak loudest to you; those He uses to move your spirit. Spend a few extra minutes in prayer on those particular verses. Meditating on this compilation of Psalms is, no doubt, the best and most powerful way to encourage your mind, heart, and soul in all circumstances of life.
18 Best Psalms for Encouragement
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.’
3 Surely He will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with His feathers,
and under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is He Who made us, and we are His;
we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving
and His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His Name.
5 For the Lord is good and His love endures forever;
His faithfulness continues through all generations.
7 I will praise the Lord, Who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
2 Lord my God, I called to You for help,
and You healed me.
3 But You, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
4 I call out to the Lord,
and He answers me from His Holy mountain.
5 I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
3 He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for His Name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely Your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and He will give you the desires of your heart.
1 In You, Lord my God,
I put my trust.
2 I trust in You;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in You
will ever be put to shame
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
1 The Lord is my Light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
The God Who girds me with strength
And makes my way blameless?
33 He makes my feet like hinds’ feet,
And sets me upon my high places.
34 He trains my hands for battle,
So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of Heaven and earth.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
He will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
11 The Lord gives strength to His people;
the Lord blesses His people with peace.
22 Cast your cares on the Lord
and He will sustain you;
He will never let
the righteous be shaken.
19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and He saved them from their distress.
20 He sent out His Word and healed them;
He rescued them from the grave.
21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love
and His wonderful deeds for mankind.
8 In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for You alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety.
“May [the Good Lord] continuously bless you and give you the desires of your heart” –Psalm 20:4.