David gave us the example of encouraging himself in the Lord through solitude in prayer to God. Because of his distresses, many of the Psalms were written. When going through a difficult day or a trying time, this may be the only book I want to read.
“This book (Psalms) brings us into the sanctuary and directs us into communion with God, by solacing and reposing our souls in him, lifting up and letting out our hearts towards him.” Matthew Henry
I am sharing some of my favorite Psalms of petition, promise, and praise. You need not be afraid of opening your heart to God. He hears you.
Psalms of Petition
Psalm 39:7 “And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in thee.”
Psalm 56:3 “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”
Psalm 61:1-2 “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Psalm 102:2 “Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.”
Psalm 119:49 “Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.”
Psalm 138:3 “In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthened me with strength in my soul.”
Psalm 141:1-2 “Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee. Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”
Psalm 143:7-8 “Hear me speedily, O Lord; my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down in to the pit. Cause me to hear thy loving kindness 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.”
Psalms of Promise
Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”
Psalm 30:5b “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
Psalm 37:4-5 “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass.”
Psalm 42:11, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”
Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
Psalm 84:11-12 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.”
Psalm 112:7 “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.”
Psalm 145:19 “He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.”
Psalms of Praise
Psalm 21:2 “Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips.”
Psalm 30:12 “To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.”
Psalm 86:10 “For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.”
Psalm 106:1-2 “Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever. Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord: Who can shew forth all his praise?
Psalm 118:23 “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.”
Psalm 126:3 “The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”
Psalm 136:3-4,23 “O give thanks unto the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth forever. To him alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth forever. Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth forever.”
Psalm 145:3-4 “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.”
My favorite Psalm of Promise and Praise!
Psalm 113:1-9 “Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised. The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high. Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and in the earth! He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people. He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.”