Psalms are so uplifting and make us realize God understands everything we are facing. Here are my favorites.
“Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.” Psalm 4:4
Pronoun “he” here is referring to wickedness (insert whoever's done you wrong girlfriend). “Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate. I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.” Psalm 7:14 and before that it says, “Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just… My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”
“The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust I thee; for thou, Lord hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” Psalm 9:10
“The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.” Psalm 11:5
“The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.” Psalm 14:2
It makes you want to raise your hand as if in a classroom and say, "Me, me, I seek you Lord."
“I have set the Lord always before me…in thy presence is fullness of joy.” Psalm 16:11
These words from David sound suspiciously exactly like what Jesus says when he is crucified. So it is a prophetic passage. Either way it tells us that God understands our despair and desperation and anguish:
“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
“All they that see me laugh me to scorn.”
“They pierced my hands and my feet.” Psalms 22:1, 7, 16
And of course the entire Psalm 23 is always refreshing, when you read it and really apply it to yourself and speak these words like they are true and they are just for you.
“The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. (the Hebrew is more something like ‘waters of rest.’)
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (I look at that like, God’s reputation is at stake, when we are afflicted: he won’t forsake His faithful believers so that when we come out of the crisis, He will be glorified.)
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
“What man is he that feareth the Lord? Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease and his seed shall inherit the earth. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.”
“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that I will seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.” Psalms 27:4
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth: and with my song will I praise him.” Psalm 28:7 My friend Jennifer cross-stitched this lovely verse onto framed artwork for me years ago. Word up, Jen?
“Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. For his anger endureth but a moment, in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:4-5
“I sought the Lord and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him and were lightened: their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” Psalm 34:4-7
That last one I want to point out a different translation for the part where it says, “They looked unto Him and were lightened,” that is the KJV which I normally love so much, but a different version says, “Look to him and be radiant.” Which encourages me that no matter what is happening all around me, if I will look to Him my face and countenance will be radiant. I can still be joyful in the midst of trial and struggle.
Here’s another good one:
“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” Psalm 37:5, 78,8.
Psalm 40 “I delight to do thy will, O my God, yea, thy law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:8
"My soul thirsteth for God.” Psalm 42:2
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46
“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
“And call upon me in the day of trouble, I will deliver thee; and thou shalt glorify me.” Psalm 50:15
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Psalm 51:17
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee; he shall never suffer (allow) the righteous to be moved'' (shaken.) Psalm 55 And this whole chapter is one that is a comfort when facing betrayal.
“In God have I put my trust; I will not be afraid of what man can do unto me.” Psalm 56:11
“I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.” Psalm 85:8
“I cry unto thee daily.” Psalm 86:3
“Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
“O come let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God: and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your heart.” Psalm 95:6-7
“Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face evermore.” Psalm 105:4
The people are forgetting God and provoking him to anger, did not obey him but instead “were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.” Psalm 106:35
“Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.” Psalm 112:4
“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” Psalm 118:6
“This is the day which the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 This famous one is framed on my bathroom wall so it’s the first thing I see every morning. My friend Robyn gave it to me as as gift.
“Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity (another translation: “worthless things”), and quicken thou me in thy way. And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.” Psalm 119:37, 47
Okay here is one of my top 10 favorite scriptures ever in the whole wide world ever, I love it and it keeps me from going mad in times of struggle, here it goes:
“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” Psalm 119:71
Bam! Otherwise it seems whatever challenges I am facing have no purpose or no blessing but are just darkness and misery. But to think that these times of affliction are actually good for me, and to know why they are good for me, (because they send me to God’s word and knowing his word is life and light) gives me hope and something to cling to. Still not fun… But gives me something to cling to.
“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” Psalm 119:165 also translated “nothing shall make them stumble.”
“Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it…. Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127:1-5
“With the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.” Another translation: “with him is an overflowing supply of salvation.” Psalm 130:7
“The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me; thy mercy, O Lord endureth forever; forsake not the works of thine own hands.” Also translated “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me” but I sure do like the idea of him perfecting whatever concerneth me. Psalm 138:8
“Whither shall I go from thy spirit?” Psalm 139:7 I can run but I can't hide.
“I stretch forth my hands unto thee; my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Hear me speedily O Lord: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Cause me to heart thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk: for I lift up my soul unto thee.” Psalm 143:6-8