One of the beautiful things about the Book of Psalms is that you will find many psalms of comfort.
The Book of Psalms (found in the Old Testament) is a series of poems, and songs, that are meant for Christians to be sung out aloud. King David, the author of (at least half the)Psalms, was a mighty man of God, who, from a very young age, put his faith and trust in God alone. Throughout his life, he wrote many of his thoughts, and experiences, as these psalms, which he would sing out loud to God.
I mean, after all, David was known as the man who was always singing (2 Samuel 22).
The use of these Psalms has taught us to use our voices to sing praise and glory to God, even in the darkest of times. No matter what David was going through, he was always singing.
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David has shown us that praising God is of paramount importance. It is one of the most effective ways to glorify God. This is why David was a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22).
The Christian life isn’t an easy one. We will go through many trials and tribulations. There will be hardships. But know that God will always be there for us, every step of the way. These Psalms of comfort are the perfect songs to sing out loud during these times.
Finding Comfort in the Psalms
From a very young age, David faced his first giant, Goliath. After many failed attempts from other Israelites to kill this Philistine, David (who was in his youth at the time), took upon this challenge, by bringing his rock and a slingshot, to this sword fight.
People must have thought he was crazy! But it wasn’t the rock that David put his trust in when he killed Goliath. It was believing that God was with him.
God is bigger and greater than any giants we face.
Can you imagine going into battle with an almost ten-foot giant, with only a rock?! That takes A LOT of faith and courage.
Reading this story alone gives me encouragement to trust that the Psalms that David has written will bring me comfort, especially in times of hardships, or when facing my own giants.
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34 Psalms of Comfort
There are 150 different Psalms in the Bible, which share all kinds of different experiences that David had in his life, as well as life lessons to be learned. These different Psalms can help you in the various different stages of your life.
Here is a list of different types of Psalms for comfort.
Psalms of Comfort in Death
- Psalm 34:18 – “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit”.
- Psalm 119:50 – “This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me”.
- Psalm 147:3 – “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds”.
Psalms of Comfort and Peace
- Psalm 9:9-10 – “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 in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee”.
- Psalm 27:12 – “Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty”.
- Psalm 31:24 – “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord”.
- Psalm 32:7-8 – “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye”.
Psalms of Comfort and Hope
- Psalm 27:13-14 – ” I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord”.
- Psalm 33:22 – “Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, as we hope in thee”.
- Psalm 51:10-12 – “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit”.
- Psalm 121:1-2 – “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth”.
Psalms of Comfort and Healing
- Psalm 34:19-20 – “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken”.
- Psalm 35
- Psalm 107:19-20 – “Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions”.
- Psalm 147:3 – “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds”.
Psalms of Comfort for the Sick
- Psalm 6:2-4 – “Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed. My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O Lord, how long? Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake”.
- Psalm 6
- Psalm 31:9, 14-15 – “Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God….My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me”.
- Psalm 41
Psalms of Comfort and Strength
- Psalm 16:8 – ” I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved”.
- Psalm 138: 3 – “In the day when I cried thou answered me and strengthened me with strength in my soul”.
- Psalm 145:18-19 – “The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them”.
Psalms of Comfort for Anxiety
- Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth”.
- Psalm 62:1-2 – “Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved”.
Psalms of Comfort for When You Are Afraid
- Psalm 23:4 – “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”.
- Psalm 27:1-3 – “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident”.
- Psalm 46:1-3 – “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah”.
Psalms of Comfort for Praising God
- Psalm 44:8 – “In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name forever. Selah”.
- Psalm 69:30 – “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving”
- Psalm 75:1 – “Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare”.
- Psalm 86:12 – ” I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name forevermore”.
- Psalm 100:4 – “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name”.
- Psalm 107:8-9 – “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness”.
- Psalm 150:1-6 – “Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord”.
I pray that these psalms will encourage you during these different stages in life and that you try singing them out loud! God wants you to do more than just listen to worship music to glorify Him. He wants you to sing, giving thanks and glory to Him. These psalms are perfect for making melody in your hearts to God (Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19).
The Bible says in James 5:13 – “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms”.
It doesn’t matter what your voice sounds like, or whether or not you are a good singer; God tells us to sing songs and psalms in all stages of our lives. So, the next time you are in prayer to God, or are going through some difficult times, sing with the spirit (1 Corinthians 14:15) by opening up these Psalms and singing them.
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