12 Powerful Psalms for Hope In Hard Times

The Book of Psalms contains some of the most quoted and most powerful verses, prayers and advice in the entire world (and Bible!).  One of the many reasons millions of us around the globe love reading psalms is because we relate to them. It’s as though they were written specifically for us and our time. The psalms are not only relatable to every day situations, but to every emotion imaginable.

In this article we’ll look at 12 of the most popular Psalms for hope.  If you are looking for comfort and strength, you’ve come to the right place!  Let’s get started:

12 Powerful Psalms for Hope in Hard Times

[As you seek the Lord through these powerful passages below, read slowly, reverently., and with the greatest of humility.]

1.) Psalm 91:1-2, 4

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in Whom I trust.”

He will cover you with His feathers,
    and under His wings you will find refuge;
    His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

2.) Psalm 91:11, 14-16

11 For He will command His angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;

14 “Because he loves Me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges My Name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him My salvation.”

3.) Psalm 23:1-6

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
    He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for His name’s sake.
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.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
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.) Psalm 1:1-3, 6

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the Law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on His Law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

5.) Psalm 27:1, 13-14

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?

13 I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord.

6.) Psalm 37:3-7, 23-24

Trust in the Lord and do good;
    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
    and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in Him and He will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun.

Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for Him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes.

23 The Lord makes firm the steps
    of the one who delights in Him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
    for the Lord upholds him with His hand.

7.) Psalm 46:1-3, 5, 7, 10

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

8.) Psalm 51:1, 10-12, 17

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to Your unfailing love;
according to Your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from Your presence
    or take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    you, God, will not despise.

9.) Psalm 119:1, 9, 11

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
    who walk according to the law of the Lord.

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
    By living according to Your Word.

11 I have hidden Your Word in my heart
    that I might not sin against You.

10.) Psalm 119:32, 105, 165

32 I run in the path of Your Commands,
    for You have broadened my understanding.

105 Your Word is a lamp for my feet,
    a light on my path.

165 Great peace have those who love Your Law,
    and nothing can make them stumble.

11.) Psalm 121:1-8

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of Heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    He Who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, He Who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    He will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

12.) Psalm 139:13-16, 23-24

13 For You created my inmost being;
    You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    Your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in Your Book
    before one of them came to be.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

[Read and mediate on these verses as often as possible. Keep in mind they are God-breathed and, with faith, will have incredible power in your life.]

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