9 Best Psalms for Anxiety and Fear

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Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1

9 Best Psalms for Anxiety and Fear

Prayerfully meditating on the Psalms brings us much peace. A kind of peace that transcends human understanding (Phil. 4:7). The Psalms are particularly helpful when we are feeling deprived of energy due to anxiousness and worried thoughts. When we are plagued with stress, we are exhorted to bring it to God in prayer. He wants to help you. In fact, He insists on carrying our heavy burdens for us (Matt. 11:28-30).

So if you are feeling tired, beat down and anxious today, spend time with God by meditating on these 9 Best Psalms for Anxiety and Fear. His Words are the perfect healing antidote for any and every situation you find yourself in today. As you prayerfully read them over, pay close attention to which one(s) speak loudest to your soul. Spend extra time on those verses that speak to your current situation. When we give our worries to God, when we draw near to Him, He not only draws near to us (James 4:8) … He solves our problems.

9 Best Psalms for Anxiety and Fear

Psalm 91:1-2

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.”

Psalm 40:1-3, 11

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    He turned to me and heard my cry.
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.
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.

Psalm 61:1-3

Hear my cry, O God;
    listen to my prayer.
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.
For You have been my Refuge,
    a strong tower against the foe.

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.

Psalm 121:1-2

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.

Psalm 34:1-10

I will extol the Lord at all times;
    His praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the Lord;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
    let us exalt His Name together.
I sought the Lord, and He answered me;
    He delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to Him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard Him;
    He saved him out of all His troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
    and He delivers them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.
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

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?
When the wicked advance against me
    to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
    who will stumble and fall.
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.

Psalm 116:6-7

The Lord protects the unwary;
    when I was brought low, He saved me.
Return to your rest, my soul,
    for the Lord has been good to you.

Psalm 62:5-7

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from Him.
Truly He is my Rock and my salvation;
    He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
    He is my mighty Rock, my Refuge.

For Reflection

The Psalms remind us that God is always near and always ready to act on our behalf (in accordance with His perfect will). But we must do our part. We have to believe (have faith) and trust Him. Prayerfully reading over these verses when you are feeling depressed or anxious shows to God that we believe in Him and His Word.

“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 —Phil. 4:4-6.

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