10 Psalms to Bring You Peace and Hope
The world can be a scary place. In the midst of prolonged turmoil, stress and uncertainty, our hearts become heavy. Life begins to feel dark and gloomy and, sometimes without even realizing it, we begin to lose hope. But Jesus came so this wouldn’t happen. So that, in Him, we could have life – and have it to the full (Jn 10:10). That includes a life filled with abundant Light, hope, peace and joy regardless of exterior circumstances.
When we are in need of comfort, when we need to feel that everything is going to be alright, we are to turn immediately to the promises of God — the Word of God. The only written Word on the planet that is alive, divine and “God-breathed” (2 Tim 3:16).
Take some time today to prayerfully meditate on these powerful and life-giving psalms. The verses below are hand selected from one of the most prolific, inspiring and encouraging books of all time – The Book of Psalms. Allow these Words to speak to your Spirit. To fill your heart with something beautiful – something transformational. The seeds of Wisdom will gently soothe your soul and over time, will produce a harvest of everlasting peace and hope.
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” –John 16:33.
When you are ready, let’s begin:
10 Psalms to Bring You Peace and Hope
Psalm 91:4, 14-15
One of the most powerful chapters in the entire Holy Bible, Psalm 91 reminds us that no disaster has the power to overtake us. So long as we continue to put our trust in the Lord (and not ourselves), we need not fear any amount of suffering or earthly disaster. Our Lord promises to be with us; to never forsake us. In Him and through Him, we are given the hope of life everlasting. Eternal salvation with God Himself~
4 He will cover you with His feathers,
and under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
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.
In the most disturbing of situations, while hunted by the enemy on all sides, King David was able to find peace amidst the (seemingly) endless danger. Time and time again, he eluded death — and praised God. David knew that it was God Who saved Him. God was his Deliverer. And he had witnessed the Lord’s saving grace many times over. As he continued to trust in Him (and in Him alone), he prayed for the Lord’s blessing to stay upon His people (you and me)~
8 From the Lord comes deliverance.
May Your blessing [Lord] be [always] on Your people.
Psalm 27:1, 4, 14
David’s one desire to know God drowned out all the woes of the world. And we can learn much from this simple life-principle today. While the Lord’s answer to prayer might not come immediately, continue to trust in Him. Have patience with what you don’t completely understand, and know that His timing is (always) perfect. Your Heavenly Father knows what you need. And if you will remain faithful while you wait, He is sure to answer your call~
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?
4 One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the House of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek Him in His temple.
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 34:8, 18, 21-22
Throughout Scripture we are told that ‘blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.’ Blessed is the one who trusts Him. If you are waiting for a breakthrough today – if you are waiting for the Lord to come through for you – remember: The Lord is working on your behalf even when you cannot see it. He knows exactly where you are and what you need. And, He stays near the broken in Spirit. No one who trusts in and relies on the Lord will be forgotten~
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
21 Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue His servants;
no one who takes refuge in Him will be condemned.
When we feel stuck in life, we are to remain calm. We are to patiently wait upon the Lord no matter how things appear in the natural. As His children, we must trust that He is able to lift us out of any situation – and that He will. We should abide always in peace of mind and Spirit knowing that the Lord saves. Rest assured that as you cry out to Him in prayer and in faith, He will reach back out to you~
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 sets 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.
Psalm 46:1-3, 9-10
Even when it feels like our world is falling apart, God is still very much in control. He is still our refuge – a Strong Tower in times of need – our lasting strength. We may not be able to do all things, but the Lord can. And we can trust that He is our ever-present help in trouble. No matter what happens in the world around you, take literally the words of your Lord: “Be still, and know that I am God.” Cling to Him; trust in Him … for our God will soon be exalted above all the earth~
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
He burns the shields with fire.
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.”
Psalm 103:8, 10-12
When you are feeling hopeless – lacking in peace – remember who your Lord is. Reflect on His great and endless compassion and mercy. Think of how He’s been slow to anger, patient, and abounding in love for us. When you are feeling down, praise Him. Praise Him for His endless love for you; for His unfathomable power. It is our adoration and gratitude that ignites the divine power to change everything~
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
10 He does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the Heavens are above the earth,
so great is His love for those who [reverently] fear Him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
The next time you are feeling lost and without peace, reflect on all the ways God has shown up for you in the past. The psalmist did this often. As the enemy closed in on him, seeking to take his life, David reflected on God’s faithfulness – His deliverance, provision, and protection – and because of what God had already done for him in the past, he was able to find rest in every situation~
3 The cords of death entangled me,
the anguish of the grave came over me;
I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the Name of the Lord:
“Lord, save me!”
5 The Lord is gracious and righteous;
our God is full of compassion.
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.
When the future appears uncertain, lift your eyes to Heaven. Remind yourself often of where the real help comes from — the Maker of Heaven and earth. The Lord your God will not allow you to fall; to endure more than you can handle. He watches over you night and day; He knows when you come and when you go. So fear not, child of God! He has promised to be with you forevermore~
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.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
He Who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, He who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
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.
The psalmist was not scared of death. He knew that in the Lord, there was no death. There was only eternal salvation, perfectly and divinely secured for those who love Him. The same promise and assurance thousands of years ago, is the same promise and assurance for you today. For those who love Christ, death is not the end but rather the great transition. You have nothing to fear~
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because You will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will You let Your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
You will fill me with joy in Your presence,
with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.
(see also John 14:1-3)
“For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” –Hebrews 4:12.