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10 Most Powerful Psalms to Remind You of God’s Protection

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 I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He reached down to me and heard my cry.
Psalm 40:1

10 Most Powerful Psalms to Remind You of God’s Protection

When times are uncertain, where do you turn for help? When things are out of your control and you no longer feel safe, to whom do you turn? What you must know above all is that the Lord has control over everything — including you. You are His precious child and He wants to protect you. But you will have to do your part. You will have to have faith and lean into Him for divine protection.

Fortunately for the People of God, the Lord never leaves them. Because of this, He tells them to have no fear. By prayerfully meditating on these 10 Most Powerful Psalms to Pray for God’s Protection, you will be filled with God’s love and presence. He will speak to you through these verses, and His Word has immense power in your life. As you read through the following verses, remember also that when we ask for God’s protection we are asking for protection from the schemes of the enemy, for protection of our hearts and minds, and for strength to persevere in the faith.

10 Most Powerful Psalms to Remind You of God’s Protection

Psalm 18:2-3

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my savior,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
And I am saved from my enemies.

It is important to note that through the context of this verse, the enemies are human. This can just as well refer to the enemies of the soul … evil forces we cannot see. The Lord is like a rock, strong, steady and unyielding, protecting us as we seek Him from the things we can and cannot see. God is our strength.

Psalm 18:16-19

He sent from on high, He took me;
He drew me out of many waters.
He saved me from my strong enemy,
And from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
But the Lord was my support.
He also brought me out into an open place;
He rescued me, because He delighted in me.

Note here why the Lord rescued the psalmist: “…because he delighted in Me.” The Lord delights in those who delight in Him; rescuing the faithful with His great love. Not only is the Lord all-powerful, He is all-loving.

Psalm 23:1-4

The Lord is my shepherd,
I will not be in need.

He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.

He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For the sake of His name.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Sheep are rather unintelligent creatures. They are weak as well, not having teeth or claws to defend themselves. In ancient Israel, sheep’s survival was dependent on the goodness and care of the shepherd to find food and water and to be protected from danger. No doubt, David, while writing this psalm, was thinking of his own time as a shepherd. But unlike David who was a mere mortal and had made many mistakes, the One true Shepherd, Jesus Christ, is the perfect Shepherd — perfectly caring for your needs and protecting you from the dangers ahead. You need only to keep your eyes fixed on Him.

Psalm 40:1-3

I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He reached down to me and heard my cry.
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the mud;
And He set my feet on a rock, making my footsteps firm.
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear
And will trust in the Lord.

In this psalm, the psalmist had to wait for the Lord in patience and in faith. Deliverance did not come immediately. However, the image of the Lord rescuing the psalmist from mire — uncertain and uneven footing — and placing him firmly on solid ground gives us insight into what it looks like when we turn from relying on the world and instead relying on God and His Word. The psalmist also claimed that “many will see and fear the Lord and [thus] put their trust in Him” (Ps. 40:3). He recognizes that through his own struggles and subsequent victories, the glory of God is shown to others.

Psalm 46:1-2

God is our refuge and strength,
A very ready help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth shakes
And the mountains slip into the heart of the sea…

Sometimes it may feel like God is distant, but this psalm makes clear that God is an “ever-present help in trouble.” God is always with you so you have nothing to fear.

Psalm 55:16-17

As for me, I shall call upon God,
And the Lord will save me.
Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and moan,
And He will hear my voice.

No matter how often you cry out to the Lord — morning, noon or night — He hears your voice, and He will come to your aid. Give everything to God and trust Him.

Psalm 91:4

He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may take refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and wall.

God is described throughout Scripture as a shield and a fortress, but the image of Him covering His children (you!) with His feathers reminds us of His tender love and care. A gentleness that comes only from the greatest love.

Psalm 116:3-9

The snares of death encompassed me
And the terrors of Sheol came upon me;
I found distress and sorrow.

Then I called upon the name of the Lord:
“Please, Lord, save my life!”

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
Yes, our God is compassionate.

The Lord watches over the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.

Return to your rest, my soul,
For the Lord has dealt generously with you.

For You have rescued my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
And my feet from stumbling.

I shall walk before the Lord
In the land of the living.

Sometimes when we are afraid, it is helpful to remember all the times that the Lord has saved us in the past. In this passage, the psalmist reminds himself to “return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.” Just as He has protected you in the past, so will He protect you today. He asks only that you trust Him and turn away from sin.

Psalm 121:1-8

I will raise my eyes to the mountains;
From where will my help come?

My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who watches over you will not slumber.

Behold, He who watches over Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your protector;
The Lord is your shade on your right hand.

The sun will not beat down on you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.

The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time and forever.

Not only is it helpful for us to remember that God has helped us in the past, but to also remember who He is! He is the Maker and the Creator of all Heaven and earth … an infinite Being with no need of sleep and the power to do anything. Therefore, if He loves you, if He promises to protect you, what do you have to fear? 

Psalm 138:3, 7

On the day I called, You answered me;
You made me bold with strength in my soul.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will reach out with Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.

When God’s children cry out to Him, He answers. Even when trouble surrounds you on every side and there doesn’t seem to be any way out, He is capable of keeping you safe. When Daniel was in the lion’s den (Daniel 6), and when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were tossed into the blazing furnace (Daniel 3), the Lord preserved their lives. The Lord has complete power over nature — over His created things — including the wind, waves and even fire. He is capable of great and mighty miracles and we should not be afraid to pray boldly for Him to act mightily on our behalf also (Jm. 1:6).

3 Psalms that Ask for God’s Protection

Psalm 16:1

Protect me, God, for I take refuge in You.

Psalm 25:20-21

Guard my soul and save me;
Do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You.
Let integrity and uprightness protect me,
For I wait for You.

Psalm 31:1-5

In You, Lord, I have taken refuge;
Let me never be put to shame;
In Your righteousness rescue me.
Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly;
Be a rock of strength for me,
A stronghold to save me.
For You are my rock and my fortress;
For the sake of Your name You will lead me and guide me.
You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength.
Into Your hand I entrust my spirit;
You have redeemed me, Lord, God of truth.

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