Encouragement in the Psalms

Psalm 28

“Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” – Psalm 28:6-7

A few weeks ago, I felt like my mind was caught in a fog of irrational thinking and anxious thoughts. I knew I needed clarity to cut through it all, but was unable to find that on my own. I spent time praying to God for clear thinking and also started reading through the Psalms. And He definitely answered my prayers; I was able to think clearly again and praise Him for his mercy on me.

I once heard a pastor teach that the Proverbs help you relate to other people and the Psalms focus on your relationship with God. I find myself going to the Psalms often for comfort, reassurance, clarity, or help with expressing how I am feeling. I thought I would share a few of my favorites- maybe they will encourage you today as well!

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” – Psalm 4:8

“Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.” – Psalm 116:7

“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” – Psalm 105:4

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” – Psalm 138:8

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” – Psalm 73:26