11 Best Psalms for When You’re Having a Bad Day
People are frustrated today. They wake in the morning with feelings of anxiety … and the pressure only seems to mount as the day wears on. But here is the good news is: There is Good News! There is a remedy for the ‘bad day syndrome’ and there always has been.
The best thing to do for a bad day — when times are tough especially — is to guard our heart and mind (Prov. 4:23). This spiritual principle, by the way, works best first thing in the morning. Resist the temptation to instantly turn on the news or grab your phone to scroll. It will only weigh you down and add angst to your day. Instead, turn immediately to the encouraging promises of God. The only resource on the planet that can permanently transform your day(s) regardless of circumstance.
The Book of Psalms is known for its supernatural and transformational encouragement. After all, the authors of the psalms knew well what it was like to have a bad day. And in order to combat it, they all shared one vital habit in common: they turned to God first!
If you are having a bad day (or two), read over these Best Psalms for When You’re Having a Bad Day. Allow the Words to penetrate your deepest emotions. Listen for God’s soft and gentle voice, and believe what He is saying to you. If you make this a habit, one thing is certain: your day(s) will turn around. The clouds will part and the sun will come out in your Spirit again. When we put God (and His Word) first, He promises to take care of the rest for us.
Let’s get started:
11 Best Psalms for When You’re Having a Bad Day
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.
10 [The Lord] says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
“No matter what comes against me today, Lord, I trust in You. You are my ever-present help in trouble; my refuge and my strength.”
4 He will cover you with His feathers,
and under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
“Thank You for Your unwavering faithfulness and for Your protection, Lord. Whenever I need You, You are there. My shield and my rampart.”
2 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
“Lord, I feel as though I cannot handle one more problem. But I know You are merciful, so please have mercy on me for I am weak. Thank You for hearing me whenever I call to You.”
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.
“Sometimes when I feel worried about what might happen to me, Lord, I remind myself that You are there. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I need not fear. Your rod and staff will comfort me.”
10 From birth I was cast on You;
from my mother’s womb You have been my God.
11 Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.
“Lord, this day has not gone as planned. Thank You for being near to me when I’ve felt all alone. From the very beginning You have been there.”
3 He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
4 He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.
“Heavenly Father, Thank You for drawing near when I am down. Thank You for hearing my prayer and calling me by name.”
1 My heart is not proud, Lord,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.
“Things do not feel right today, Lord, but I find rest in You. I know You will turn things around for my good. So I shall not concern myself with matters that do not concern me. My focus is solely on You.“
1 Listen to my prayer, O God,
do not ignore my plea;
2 hear me and answer me.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
“This day has not gone as planned, Lord. Please stay close to me and hear my prayer. Please protect me and guide me in the way I should go.”
1 Out of the depths I cry to You, Lord;
2 Lord, hear my voice.
Let Your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
4 But with You there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve You.
“I feel guilty and heavy-burdened, Lord, but I know You keep no record of sins. With You there is only forgiveness. As I pour out my heart to You today, thank You for being attentive to my plea.”
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in Him and He will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
“I have had a hard day today, Lord, but I vow to commit all my ways to You. I trust in You and believe my vindication is on its way.”
9 Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
and make the righteous secure—
You, the righteous God
Who probes [all] minds and hearts.
“I feel betrayed today, Lord, but I know You make the righteous secure. You probe the minds and hearts of all men, and bring an end to the evil doings of the wicked.”
You are loved and protected, child of God. So do not worry about tomorrow (Matt. 6:34). Instead, listen for your Father’s voice first thing in the morning and throughout the day. He will encourage you. And He will lead you in the way in which you should go (Ps. 32:8).