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When Life Is Miserable, Find Encouragement In These 20 Psalms


When life is at its most bleak, do you turn to the Word for guidance? Let these 20 Psalms bring encouragement when life is miserable!

These 20 Psalms Bring Encouragement

“Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies-make straight your way before me.” (Psalm 5:8)

1.When You are Persecuted – Psalm 5

“Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies-make straight your way before me.” (Psalm 5:8)

2.When You are Depressed- Psalm 6

“Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony.”(Psalm 6:1)


3.When You are Confused- Psalm 16

“I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:7)

4.When You Feel Alone- Psalm 17

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“I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in your from their foes.” (Psalm 17:6)

5.When Life Feels Precarious- Psalm 18

“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights…You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.” (Psalm 18:32-34)


6.When You Feel Forgotten- Psalm 22

“For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.” (Psalm 22:24)


7.When You Feel Ashamed- Psalm 25

“No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.” (Psalm 25:3)


8.When You are Afraid- Psalm 27

“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?” (Psalm 27:1)


9.When You Need Someone to Rescue- Psalm 31

“Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.” (Psalm 31:2)


10.When You are Worried about the World- Psalm 33

“But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.” (Psalm 33:18-19)


11.When You Doubt That Your Life Will Matter- Psalm 37

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” (Psalm 37:5-6)


12.When Life Keeps Getting Worse- Psalm 40

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.” (Psalm 40:1)


13.When Life Seems Hopeless- Psalm 42

“Why are you down cast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 42:11)


14.When You Need Forgiveness- Psalm 51

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love: according to your great compassion, blot out my transgressions.” (Psalm 51:1)


15.When You Doubt God’s Existence- Psalm 53

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good.” (Psalm 53:1)


16.When People Malign You- Psalm 55

“He ransoms me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me.” (Psalm 55:18)


17.-When You are Desperate- Psalm 63

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1)


18. When You are Confused about God’s Plan- Psalm 73

“When I tried to understand all this it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.” (Psalm 73:16-17)


19.When You are Overwhelmed by Your Own Neediness- Psalm 86

“Teach me your way, O Lord and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name.” (Psalm 86:11)


20.When You are Drowning in Anxiety and Stress- Psalm 94

“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” (Psalm 94:19)

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