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Best Psalms for Encouragement and Hope for the Future

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Best Psalms for Encouragement and Hope for the Future

Encouragement is necessary for hope and joy. Hope and joy are necessary for our overall well-being … having been likened to “medicine for our souls.” The question is, where do we get encouragement from? The world certainly won’t give it to us … at least not for long. We could get it from a friend or family member, or maybe even ourselves once in awhile, but that kind of encouragement is only temporary. So where do we go for consistent and truthful encouragement — encouragement that will last? Perhaps an even better question is: Who do we turn to when we need something more?

There is only ONE infallible, always reliable and inexhaustible source of encouragement in life. An endless stream of hope, love, guidance and assurance perfectly tailored to your every situation and need. That source is the divine and Holy Word of God. Filled to the brim with Truth and Light, the Word of God is our forever and endless source of promise. Moreover, Scripture reminds us that whoever seeks the Lord will lack no good thing (Ps. 34:10). A win-win!

As you read over and meditate on these Best Psalms for Encouragement and Hope for the Future, remember one thing: the Word of God is alive and active. You are not merely reading words on a page. Rather, God is with you in the moment — encouraging you and lifting you up. He is speaking directly to you within every Word you read. Pay close attention to the verses that speak loudest to you; those He deliberately uses to get your attention. Prayerfully and earnestly spend time on them. These verses are — no doubt — the best and most powerful remedy for encouraging your mind, heart, and soul always.  Let’s get started:

Best Psalms for Encouragement and Hope for the Future

1.) Psalm 91:1-4

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.’

Surely He will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
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 34:18

18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

3.) Psalm 100:3-5

Know that the Lord is God.
    It is He Who made us, and we are His;
    we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving
    and His courts with praise;
    give thanks to Him and praise His Name.
For the Lord is good and His love endures forever;
    His faithfulness continues through all generations.

4.) Psalm 16:7-8

I will praise the Lord, Who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

5.) Psalm 30:2

Lord my God, I called to You for help,
    and You healed me.

6.) Psalm 3:3-6

But You, Lord, are a shield around me,
    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
    and He answers me from His Holy mountain.
I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
    assail me on every side.

7.) Psalm 34:8

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.

8.) 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
    forever.

9.) Psalm 37:4

Take delight in the Lord,
    and He will give you the desires of your heart.

10.) Psalm 25:1-3

In You, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.
I trust in You;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in You
    will ever be put to shame

11.) Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.

12.) 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?

13.) Psalm 18:32-34

The God Who girds me with strength
And makes my way blameless?
33 He makes my feet like hinds’ feet,
And sets me upon my high places.
34 He trains my hands for battle,
So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

14.) Psalm 121:1-2, 7-8

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.

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.

15.) Psalm 29:11

11 The Lord gives strength to His people;
    the Lord blesses His people with peace.

16.) Psalm 55:22

22 Cast your cares on the Lord
    and He will sustain you;
He will never let
    the righteous be shaken.

17.) Psalm 107:19-21

19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and He saved them from their distress.
20 He sent out His Word and healed them;
    He rescued them from the grave.
21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love
    and His wonderful deeds for mankind.

18.) Psalm 4:8

In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for You alone, Lord,
    make me dwell in safety.


Read through this list of Best Psalms for Encouragement and Hope for the Future any time you need to be lifted when feeling depleted, hopeless, lost and/or stressed.

May [the Good Lord] continuously bless you” –Psalm 20:4.


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