PSALMS TO HELP WITH ANXIETY
As I have been reading throughout the bible throughout the years, it has become very apparent to me that many of the “important” people whose stories are written about dealt with many of the same battles we go through in our day to day life. While our battles might not be as dramatic as something like being trapped in a lions den, or defeating a giant, the overall principles are still them same and can be applied to our everyday struggles. This is proven in the book of Psalms.
HOW DOES PSALMS GIVE US PEACE AND COMFORT?
The book of Psalms is filled with the songs ands prayers that express the feelings and emotions of the writers the book. Writers such David, Solomon, and Moses show their relationship with God as they cry out Him during their times of fear, doubt, and trouble.
Reading the book of Psalms to help with anxiety and to provide comfort and strength during depression will with a doubt calm your heart during these difficult times.
WHY DO WE DEAL WITH ANXIETY?
The root of anxiety is worry of what is to come or not to come in our lives. However, if our full trust is in God and we faith in His will over our lives, why do we feel anxiety?
Its in our human nature!
God’s ways are different then ours and are beyond our understanding. Without His Word in our hearts, we will undoubtedly cripple under the overwhelming feeling of anxiety.
PSALMS TO READ FOR ANXIETY
But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain. I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. 3-5 NLT
Answer me when I call to you, O God who declares me innocent. Free me from my troubles. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer. 1 NLT
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. 3 NIV
But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me. 5-6 NLT
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. 2 NLT
He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. 16 NLT
May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed. May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. May the Lord answer all your prayers. 4-5 NLT
For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for help. 24 NLT
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. 4 NLT
The Lord is my light and my salvation- so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? 1 NLT
The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. 17-19 NLT
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. 1-2 NLT
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again- my Savior and my God! 5 NLT
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. 22 NIV
But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? 3-4 NLT
Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me. I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched. My eyes are swollen with weeping, waiting for my God to help me. 2-3 NLT
O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O Lord, from childhood. Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising you! My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection. 5-7 NLT
But then I recall all you have done, O Lord ; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works. 11-12 NLT
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. 14 NIV
He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. 4 NLT
Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me. The Lord will work out his plans for my life- for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me. 7-8 NLT
My enemy has chased me. He has knocked me to the ground and forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave. I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear. I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done. I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain. Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die. Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. 3-8 NLT