Here are 21 favorite Psalms for when you need Comfort and Hope in times of great hurt, or when you are overwhelmed and/or grieving. The Lord is able to comfort us in ways that we could never comfort ourselves – nor could anyone else. Reading through these verses will give you a sense of great, inner peace, comfort and hope for the future. Anytime you are feeling downcast and alone, turn to these powerful verses. Read them over, meditate on what they are saying to you, and pray them aloud.
Remember, the Words you are reading are God breathed and have immense power. Go into a quiet room and pray these with your whole heart and soul. God is listening. He is with you and will comfort you.
21 Best Psalms for Comfort & Hope: For the Hurting, Overwhelmed and Grieving
[All below verses are adapted from the psalm indicated – *see hyperlink for full psalm]
1.) Psalm 91:11
“For He will command His angels concerning me;
to guard me in all my ways.”
Thank You, God, for sending Your angels to be by my side.
2.) Psalm 30:5
“For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
With you, Lord, rejoicing does come in the morning. Thank You for being with me through this.
3.) Psalm 46:1
“God is my refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
Thank You, Jesus, for being my ever-present help in trouble.
“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.”
“The Lord will keep me from all harm—He will watch over my life; the Lord will watch over my coming and going both now and forevermore.”
My help comes from You, Lord. Thank You for keeping me from all harm and being the light to my feet.
5.) Psalm 23:4
“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.”
Thank You for being my comfort, Lord! I will fear no evil!
6.) Psalm 4:3, 8
“Know that the Lord has set apart His faithful servant for Himself; the Lord hears when I call to Him.”
“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
Thank You for setting me apart, Lord, for hearing me when I call to You. I am in peace tonight knowing I dwell in Your safety.
7.) Psalm 5:11-12
“But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your Name may rejoice in You. Surely, Lord, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield.”
I love Your Name and rejoice in You, Lord. Thank, You, for surrounding me with your shield in favor.
8.) Psalm 9:9-10
“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know Your Name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those of us who seek You.”
I seek You now, Lord. Thank You for not forsaking me in my troubles.
9.) Psalm 16:8
“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
My eyes are fixed firmly on You, Lord, not on my problems or emotions.
10.) Psalm 18:2-3
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in Whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I called to the Lord, Who is worthy of all praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.”
Thank You for saving me, Lord! You are indeed worthy of all praise! My Rock, my Refuge, and my Stronghold – thank You for being my salvation.
11.) Psalm 27:1
“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?”
Thank You for being my Light in the darkness. Because of You, Lord, I am no longer afraid.
12.) Psalm 34:17-18
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Thank You for being close to my broken heart, Lord. You are a loving God Who cares for my crushed spirit. In You I find all my hope and care.
13.) Psalm 40:1-2
“I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”
I trust in You, Lord. I know You hear my cry. I know You plan on lifting me out of this difficult situation and giving me a firm place to stand.
14.) Psalm 55:22
“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.”
I vow to cast my cares on You, Lord, for You will sustain me. You will never let me be shaken. Thank you, God!
15.) Psalm 56:3-4
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in You. In God, Whose Word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
I am not afraid, Lord, for you are on my side. Thank You for Your precious Word which I meditate on day and night.
16.) Psalm 86:15
“But You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”
Thank You for being compassionate and gracious to me, Lord. You are patient with my weaknesses, abounding in love and faithfulness.
17.) Psalm 91:2-4
“I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in Whom I trust.’ Surely He will save me from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover me with His feathers, and under His wings I will find refuge; His faithfulness will be my shield and rampart.”
How comforting it is to know, Lord, that You cover me with Your feathers and under Your wings I will find my much needed refuge.
18.) Psalm 94:19
“When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought me [great] joy.”
My anxiety has been great, Lord, but in Your compassion and love I have found great joy.
19.) Psalm 118:1
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.”
I give thanks for you, Lord! You are so good and your divine love is felt forever.
20.) Psalm 119:50, 76-77
“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. May Your unfailing love be my comfort, according to Your promise to Your servant. Let Your compassion come to me that I may live, for Your Law is my delight.”
I was suffering greatly, Lord, but Your promises have preserved my life. Your unfailing love and compassion have been my steady comfort. All my days I will delight in Your commands.
21.) Psalm 139:8
“If I go up to the Heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there also.”
No matter where I go, my Lord, You are there … loving and protecting me all the days of my life. Amen!
‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human mind has conceived the good things God has prepared for those who love and trust Him‘ (1 Corinthians 2:9).