Because He turned His ear to me,
I will call on Him as long as I live.
9 Powerful Psalms for People Who Struggle with Anxiety
Let’s be honest, there is much to be anxious about in the world right now. But when God told us that in this world we would have trouble (Jn 16:33), He also gave us the perfect remedies — the Church, her sacraments, prayer and the Word of God. Prayerfully meditating on the Book of Psalms for example, brings to the soul a supernatural kind of peace; a peace that transcends human understanding (Phil. 4:7). The Psalms are particularly helpful when we are feeling anxious, stressed, worried or depressed. When we are plagued with these types of uncontrollable and combative emotions, we are commanded by God to take it to Him. He wants to help His children, He wants to help you, and He happens to be the only one who can perfectly navigate us through any and every life situation.
If you are feeling anxious and mentally tired today, spend some time with God in humble and devout prayer. Prayerfully meditating on these 9 Powerful Psalms for People Who Struggle with Anxiety will begin to put your mind and heart at ease regardless of the circumstances because … God will be involved. The Lord’s words are the perfect healing antidote for any situation that you may find yourself in today. As you prayerfully read them over, pay attention to the psalm verses that speak loudest to you. Whichever ones do, spend an extra few minutes with them. God will speak to you through them. As you draw near to God through His Word, He promises to draw more near to you as well (Js 4:8). And when God draws near, everything in life changes for the better.
9 Powerful Psalms for People Who Struggle with Anxiety
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.’
Psalm 40:1-3, 11
1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
He turned to me and heard my cry.
2 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.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in Him.
11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
may Your love and faithfulness always protect me.
1 Hear my cry, O God;
listen to my prayer.
2 From the ends of the earth I call to You,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For You have been my Refuge,
a strong tower against the foe.
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
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.
1 I will extol the Lord at all times;
His praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt His Name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me;
He delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to Him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard Him;
He saved him out of all His troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
and He delivers them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.
9 Fear the Lord, you His Holy people,
for those who fear Him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Psalm 27:1-3, 14
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?
2 When the wicked advance against me
to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
6 The Lord protects the unwary;
when I was brought low, He saved me.
7 Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.
5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from Him.
6 Truly He is my Rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God;
He is my mighty Rock, my Refuge.
Through the words of the psalmist, be reminded that God is always near and always ready to act on your behalf (in accordance with His divine and perfect will). He has the power to turn your anxiety into divine peace and joy, but you must continue to do your part. You must lean into Him through daily prayer, and you must believe. Prayerfully reading over these psalm verses anytime you are feeling depressed or anxious will help tremendously because the psalms are the inspired Word of God. Keep praying. Keep believing. God is with you.
“For as high as the Heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us”-Psalm 103:11-12.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” –Philippians 4:4-6.
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