Encouraging Bible Verses to Inspire You during Tough Times in Life

Author: nicodemus
Published on: 2021-09-02 11:55:44   Updated On: September-02-2021 11:55:44

In the days of our lives, we all experience good and bad days. It is when the bad days come that we need someone to talk to, someone to encourage us, something to inspire us, until the storm has passed. The best place to turn to is the Bible for it is in the scriptures that we hear God speaking to us, encouraging us not to quit, not to give up, to keep going, for victory is always assured as He does battle for us.

In the face of life struggles, when we seem to be jumping from one disappointment to another, when our best of friends betray us, when we suffer losses of various kinds, when all seem lost, and life suddenly becomes meaningless, we need a higher power to talk to us. That is when God steps in and assures us that He is always with us, till the end of our pilgrim on this earth. He has assured us of ‘peace that surpasses all understanding’ as we battle through life challenges. So let your focus be stayed on Him and remember to stay put.

Following is a compilation of encouraging bible verses derived from the book of psalms to inspire you as you navigate through the various challenges of life. Hope you will be blessed. Shalom.

 

Psalms chapter 3

LORD, how my adversaries have increased!

Many are those who rise up against me.

Many there are who say of my soul,

“There is no help for him in God.”

But you, LORD, are a shield around me,

my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.

I cry to the LORD with my voice,

and he answers me out of his holy hill.

I laid myself down and slept.

I awakened, for the LORD sustains me.

I will not be afraid of tens of thousands of people

who have set themselves against me on every side.

Arise, LORD!

Save me, my God!

For you have struck all of my enemies on the cheek bone.

You have broken the teeth of the wicked.

 Salvation belongs to the LORD.

May your blessing be on your people.

 

Psalms chapter 6

LORD, don’t rebuke me in your anger,

neither discipline me in your wrath.

Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint.

LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.

My soul is also in great anguish.

But you, LORD—how long?

Return, LORD. Deliver my soul,

and save me for your loving kindness’ sake.

For in death there is no memory of you.

In Sheol, who shall give you thanks?

I am weary with my groaning.

Every night I flood my bed.

I drench my couch with my tears.

My eye wastes away because of grief.

It grows old because of all my adversaries.

Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity,

for the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.

The LORD has heard my supplication.

The LORD accepts my prayer.

 May all my enemies be ashamed and dismayed.

They shall turn back, they shall be disgraced suddenly.

 

Psalms chapter 13

How long, LORD?

Will you forget me forever?

How long will you hide your face from me?

How long shall I take counsel in my soul,

having sorrow in my heart every day?

How long shall my enemy triumph over me?

Behold, and answer me, LORD, my God.

Give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death;

lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed against him;”

lest my adversaries rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your loving kindness.

My heart rejoices in your salvation.

 I will sing to the LORD,

because he has been good to me.

 

Psalms chapter 16

Preserve me, God, for I take refuge in you.

My soul, you have said to the LORD, “You are my Lord.

Apart from you I have no good thing.”

As for the saints who are in the earth,

they are the excellent ones in whom is all my delight.

Their sorrows shall be multiplied who give gifts to another god.

Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, nor take their names on my lips.

The LORD assigned my portion and my cup.

You made my lot secure.

The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.

Yes, I have a good inheritance.

I will bless the LORD, who has given me counsel.

Yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons.

I have set the LORD always before me.

Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices.

My body shall also dwell in safety.

For you will not leave my soul in Sheol,

neither will you allow your holy one to see corruption.

 You will show me the path of life.

In your presence is fullness of joy.

In your right hand there are pleasures forever more.

 

Psalms chapter 17

Hear, LORD, my righteous plea.

Give ear to my prayer that doesn’t go out of deceitful lips.

Let my sentence come out of your presence.

Let your eyes look on equity.

You have proved my heart.

You have visited me in the night.

You have tried me, and found nothing.

I have resolved that my mouth shall not disobey.

As for the deeds of men, by the word of your lips,

I have kept myself from the ways of the violent.

My steps have held fast to your paths.

My feet have not slipped.

I have called on you, for you will answer me, God.

Turn your ear to me.

Hear my speech.

Show your marvellous loving kindness,

you who save those who take refuge by your right hand from their enemies.

Keep me as the apple of your eye.

Hide me under the shadow of your wings,

from the wicked who oppress me,

my deadly enemies, who surround me.

They close up their callous hearts.

With their mouth they speak proudly.

They have now surrounded us in our steps.

They set their eyes to cast us down to the earth.

He is like a lion that is greedy of his prey,

as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

Arise, LORD, confront him.

Cast him down.

Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,

from men by your hand, LORD,

from men of the world, whose portion is in this life.

You fill the belly of your cherished ones.

Your sons have plenty,

and they store up wealth for their children.

 As for me, I shall see your face in righteousness.

I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with seeing your form.

 

Psalms chapter 18

I love you, LORD, my strength.

The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer;

my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.

I call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised;

and I am saved from my enemies.

The cords of death surrounded me.

The floods of ungodliness made me afraid.

The cords of Sheol were around me.

The snares of death came on me.

In my distress I called on the LORD,

and cried to my God.

He heard my voice out of his temple.

My cry before him came into his ears.

Then the earth shook and trembled.

The foundations also of the mountains quaked and were shaken,

because he was angry.

Smoke went out of his nostrils.

Consuming fire came out of his mouth.

Coals were kindled by it.

He bowed the heavens also, and came down.

Thick darkness was under his feet.

He rode on a cherub, and flew.

Yes, he soared on the wings of the wind.

He made darkness his hiding place, his pavilion around him,

darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed,

hailstones and coals of fire.

The LORD also thundered in the sky.

The Most High uttered his voice:

hailstones and coals of fire.

He sent out his arrows, and scattered them.

He routed them with great lightning bolts.

Then the channels of waters appeared.

The foundations of the world were laid bare at your rebuke, LORD,

at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.

He sent from on high.

He took me.

He drew me out of many waters.

He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me; for they were too mighty for me.

They came on me in the day of my calamity,

but the LORD was my support.

He brought me out also into a large place.

He delivered me, because he delighted in me.

The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness.

According to the cleanness of my hands, he has recompensed me.

For I have kept the ways of the LORD,

and have not wickedly departed from my God.

For all his ordinances were before me.

I didn’t put away his statutes from me.

I was also blameless with him.

I kept myself from my iniquity.

Therefore the LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,

according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.

With the merciful you will show yourself merciful.

With the perfect man, you will show yourself perfect.

With the pure, you will show yourself pure.

With the crooked you will show yourself shrewd.

For you will save the afflicted people,

but the arrogant eyes you will bring down.

For you will light my lamp, LORD.

My God will light up my darkness.

For by you, I advance through a troop.

By my God, I leap over a wall.

As for God, his way is perfect.

The LORD’s word is tried.

He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him.

For who is God, except the LORD?

Who is a rock, besides our God,

the God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect?

He makes my feet like deer’s feet,

and sets me on my high places.

He teaches my hands to war,

so that my arms bend a bow of bronze.

You have also given me the shield of your salvation.

Your right hand sustains me.

Your gentleness has made me great.

You have enlarged my steps under me,

My feet have not slipped.

I will pursue my enemies, and overtake them.

I won’t turn away until they are consumed.

I will strike them through, so that they will not be able to rise.

They shall fall under my feet.

For you have armed me with strength to the battle.

You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.

You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me,

that I might cut off those who hate me.

They cried, but there was no one to save;

even to the LORD, but he didn’t answer them.

Then I beat them small as the dust before the wind.

I cast them out as the mire of the streets.

You have delivered me from the strivings of the people.

You have made me the head of the nations.

A people whom I have not known shall serve me.

As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me.

The foreigners shall submit themselves to me.

The foreigners shall fade away,

and shall come trembling out of their strongholds.

The LORD lives! Blessed be my rock.

Exalted be the God of my salvation,

even the God who executes vengeance for me,

and subdues peoples under me.

He rescues me from my enemies.

Yes, you lift me up above those who rise up against me.

You deliver me from the violent man.

Therefore I will give thanks to you, LORD, amongst the nations,

and will sing praises to your name.

 He gives great deliverance to his king,

and shows loving kindness to his anointed,

to David and to his offspring, forever more.

 

Psalms chapter 22

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning?

My God, I cry in the daytime, but you don’t answer;

in the night season, and am not silent.

But you are holy,

you who inhabit the praises of Israel.

Our fathers trusted in you.

They trusted, and you delivered them.

They cried to you, and were delivered.

They trusted in you, and were not disappointed.

But I am a worm, and no man;

a reproach of men, and despised by the people.

All those who see me mock me.

They insult me with their lips. They shake their heads, saying,

 “He trusts in the LORD.

Let him deliver him.

Let him rescue him, since he delights in him.”

But you brought me out of the womb.

You made me trust while at my mother’s breasts.

I was thrown on you from my mother’s womb.

You are my God since my mother bore me.

Don’t be far from me, for trouble is near.

For there is no one to help.

Many bulls have surrounded me.

Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.

 They open their mouths wide against me,

lions tearing prey and roaring.

I am poured out like water.

All my bones are out of joint.

My heart is like wax.

It is melted within me.

My strength is dried up like a potsherd.

My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.

You have brought me into the dust of death.

For dogs have surrounded me.

A company of evildoers have enclosed me.

They have pierced my hands and feet.

I can count all of my bones.

They look and stare at me.

They divide my garments amongst them.

They cast lots for my clothing.

But don’t be far off, LORD.

You are my help. Hurry to help me!

Deliver my soul from the sword,

my precious life from the power of the dog.

Save me from the lion’s mouth!

Yes, you have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen.

I will declare your name to my brothers.

Amongst the assembly, I will praise you.

You who fear the LORD, praise him!

All you descendants of Jacob, glorify him!

Stand in awe of him, all you descendants of Israel!

For he has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted,

neither has he hidden his face from him;

but when he cried to him, he heard.

My praise of you comes in the great assembly.

I will pay my vows before those who fear him.

The humble shall eat and be satisfied.

They shall praise the LORD who seek after him.

Let your hearts live forever.

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD.

All the relatives of the nations shall worship before you.

For the kingdom is the LORD’s.

He is the ruler over the nations.

All the rich ones of the earth shall eat and worship.

All those who go down to the dust shall bow before him,

even he who can’t keep his soul alive.

Posterity shall serve him.

Future generations shall be told about the Lord.

 They shall come and shall declare his righteousness to a people that shall be born,

for he has done it.

 

Psalms chapter 23

The LORD is my shepherd;

I shall lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul.

He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil, for you are with me.

Your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil.

My cup runs over.

 Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow me all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the LORD’s house forever.

 

Psalms chapter 25

To you, LORD, I lift up my soul.

My God, I have trusted in you.

Don’t let me be shamed.

Don’t let my enemies triumph over me.

Yes, no one who waits for you will be shamed.

They will be shamed who deal treacherously without cause.

Show me your ways, LORD.

Teach me your paths.

Guide me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation.

I wait for you all day long.

LORD, remember your tender mercies and your loving kindness,

for they are from old times.

Don’t remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions.

Remember me according to your loving kindness,

for your goodness’ sake, LORD.

Good and upright is the LORD,

therefore he will instruct sinners in the way.

He will guide the humble in justice.

He will teach the humble his way.

All the paths of the LORD are loving kindness and truth

to such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

For your name’s sake, LORD,

pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

What man is he who fears the LORD?

He shall instruct him in the way that he shall choose.

His soul will dwell at ease.

His offspring will inherit the land.

The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him.

He will show them his covenant.

My eyes are ever on the LORD,

for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

Turn to me, and have mercy on me,

for I am desolate and afflicted.

The troubles of my heart are enlarged.

Oh bring me out of my distresses.

Consider my affliction and my travail.

Forgive all my sins.

Consider my enemies, for they are many.

They hate me with cruel hatred.

Oh keep my soul, and deliver me.

Let me not be disappointed, for I take refuge in you.

Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,

for I wait for you.

 God, redeem Israel

out of all his troubles.

 

Psalms chapter 27

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 evildoers came at me to eat up my flesh,

even my adversaries and my foes, they stumbled and fell.

Though an army should encamp against me,

my heart shall not fear.

Though war should rise against me,

even then I will be confident.

One thing I have asked of the LORD, that I will seek after:

that I may dwell in the LORD’s house all the days of my life,

to see the LORD’s beauty,

and to enquire in his temple.

For in the day of trouble, he will keep me secretly in his pavilion.

In the secret place of his tabernacle, he will hide me.

He will lift me up on a rock.

Now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me.

I will offer sacrifices of joy in his tent.

I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.

Hear, LORD, when I cry with my voice.

Have mercy also on me, and answer me.

When you said, “Seek my face,”

my heart said to you, “I will seek your face, LORD.”

Don’t hide your face from me.

Don’t put your servant away in anger.

You have been my help.

Don’t abandon me,

neither forsake me, God of my salvation.

When my father and my mother forsake me,

then the LORD will take me up.

Teach me your way, LORD.

Lead me in a straight path, because of my enemies.

Don’t deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries,

for false witnesses have risen up against me,

such as breathe out cruelty.

I am still confident of this:

I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

 Wait for the LORD. Be strong, and let your heart take courage.

Yes, wait for the LORD.

 

Psalms chapter 31

In you, LORD, I take refuge.

Let me never be disappointed.

Deliver me in your righteousness.

Bow down your ear to me.

Deliver me speedily.

Be to me a strong rock,

a house of defence to save me.

For you are my rock and my fortress, therefore for your name’s sake lead me and guide me.

Pluck me out of the net that they have laid secretly for me,

for you are my stronghold.

Into your hand I commend my spirit.

You redeem me, LORD, God of truth.

I hate those who regard lying vanities,

but I trust in the LORD.

I will be glad and rejoice in your loving kindness,

for you have seen my affliction.

You have known my soul in adversities.

You have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy.

You have set my feet in a large place.

Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am in distress.

My eye, my soul, and my body waste away with grief.

For my life is spent with sorrow,

my years with sighing.

My strength fails because of my iniquity.

My bones are wasted away.

Because of all my adversaries I have become utterly contemptible to my neighbours,

a horror to my acquaintances.

Those who saw me on the street fled from me.

I am forgotten from their hearts like a dead man.

I am like broken pottery.

For I have heard the slander of many, terror on every side,

while they conspire together against me,

they plot to take away my life.

But I trust in you, LORD.

I said, “You are my God.”

My times are in your hand.

Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.

Make your face to shine on your servant.

Save me in your loving kindness.

Let me not be disappointed, LORD, for I have called on you. Let the wicked be disappointed.

Let them be silent in Sheol.

Let the lying lips be mute,

which speak against the righteous insolently, with pride and contempt.

Oh how great is your goodness,

which you have laid up for those who fear you,

which you have worked for those who take refuge in you,

before the sons of men!

In the shelter of your presence you will hide them from the plotting of man.

You will keep them secretly in a dwelling away from the strife of tongues.

Praise be to the LORD,

for he has shown me his marvellous loving kindness in a strong city.

As for me, I said in my haste, “I am cut off from before your eyes.”

Nevertheless you heard the voice of my petitions when I cried to you.

Oh love the LORD, all you his saints!

The LORD preserves the faithful,

and fully recompenses him who behaves arrogantly.

 Be strong, and let your heart take courage,

all you who hope in the LORD.

 

Psalms chapter 35

Contend, LORD, with those who contend with me.

Fight against those who fight against me.

Take hold of shield and buckler,

and stand up for my help.

Brandish the spear and block those who pursue me.

Tell my soul, “I am your salvation.”

Let those who seek after my soul be disappointed and brought to dishonour.

Let those who plot my ruin be turned back and confounded.

Let them be as chaff before the wind,

the LORD’s angel driving them on.

Let their way be dark and slippery,

the LORD’s angel pursuing them.

For without cause they have hidden their net in a pit for me. Without cause they have dug a pit for my soul.

Let destruction come on him unawares.

Let his net that he has hidden catch himself.

Let him fall into that destruction.

My soul shall be joyful in the LORD.

It shall rejoice in his salvation.

All my bones shall say, “LORD, who is like you,

who delivers the poor from him who is too strong for him;

yes, the poor and the needy from him who robs him?”

Unrighteous witnesses rise up.

They ask me about things that I don’t know about.

They reward me evil for good,

to the bereaving of my soul.

But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth.

I afflicted my soul with fasting.

My prayer returned into my own bosom.

I behaved myself as though it had been my friend or my brother.

I bowed down mourning, as one who mourns his mother.

But in my adversity, they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together.

The attackers gathered themselves together against me, and I didn’t know it.

They tore at me, and didn’t cease.

Like the profane mockers in feasts,

they gnashed their teeth at me.

Lord, how long will you look on?

Rescue my soul from their destruction,

my precious life from the lions.

I will give you thanks in the great assembly.

I will praise you amongst many people.

Don’t let those who are my enemies wrongfully rejoice over me; neither let those who hate me without a cause wink their eyes.

For they don’t speak peace,

but they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.

Yes, they opened their mouth wide against me.

They said, “Aha! Aha! Our eye has seen it!”

You have seen it, LORD. Don’t keep silent.

Lord, don’t be far from me.

Wake up! Rise up to defend me, my God!

My Lord, contend for me!

Vindicate me, LORD my God, according to your righteousness.

Don’t let them gloat over me.

Don’t let them say in their heart, “Aha! That’s the way we want it!”

Don’t let them say, “We have swallowed him up!”

Let them be disappointed and confounded together who rejoice at my calamity.

Let them be clothed with shame and dishonour who magnify themselves against me.

Let those who favour my righteous cause shout for joy and be glad.

Yes, let them say continually, “May The LORD be magnified,

who has pleasure in the prosperity of his servant!”

 My tongue shall talk about your righteousness and about your praise all day long.

 

Psalms chapter 38

LORD, don’t rebuke me in your wrath,

neither chasten me in your hot displeasure.

For your arrows have pierced me,

your hand presses hard on me.

There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation,

neither is there any health in my bones because of my sin.

For my iniquities have gone over my head.

As a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.

My wounds are loathsome and corrupt

because of my foolishness.

I am in pain and bowed down greatly.

I go mourning all day long.

For my waist is filled with burning.

There is no soundness in my flesh.

I am faint and severely bruised.

I have groaned by reason of the anguish of my heart.

Lord, all my desire is before you.

My groaning is not hidden from you.

My heart throbs.

My strength fails me. As for the light of my eyes, it has also left me.

My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my plague.

My kinsmen stand far away.

They also who seek after my life lay snares.

Those who seek my hurt speak mischievous things,

and meditate deceits all day long.

But I, as a deaf man, don’t hear.

I am as a mute man who doesn’t open his mouth.

Yes, I am as a man who doesn’t hear,

in whose mouth are no reproofs.

For I hope in you, LORD.

You will answer, Lord my God.

For I said, “Don’t let them gloat over me,

or exalt themselves over me when my foot slips.”

For I am ready to fall.

My pain is continually before me.

For I will declare my iniquity.

I will be sorry for my sin.

But my enemies are vigourous and many.

Those who hate me without reason are numerous.

They who render evil for good are also adversaries to me,

because I follow what is good.

Don’t forsake me, LORD.

My God, don’t be far from me.

Hurry to help me,

Lord, my salvation.

 

Psalms chapter 43

Vindicate me, God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation.

Oh, deliver me from deceitful and wicked men.

For you are the God of my strength. Why have you rejected me?

Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

Oh, send out your light and your truth.

Let them lead me.

Let them bring me to your holy hill,

to your tents.

Then I will go to the altar of God,

to God, my exceeding joy.

I will praise you on the harp, God, my God.

 Why are you in despair, my soul?

Why are you disturbed within me?

Hope in God! For I shall still praise him:

my Saviour, my helper, and my God.

 

Psalms chapter 43

God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we won’t be afraid, though the earth changes,

though the mountains are shaken into the heart of the seas;

though its waters roar and are troubled,

though the mountains tremble with their swelling.

There is a river, the streams of which make the city of God glad,

the holy place of the tents of the Most High.

God is within her. She shall not be moved.

God will help her at dawn.

The nations raged. The kingdoms were moved.

He lifted his voice and the earth melted.

The LORD of Armies is with us.

The God of Jacob is our refuge.

Come, see the LORD’s works,

what desolations he has made in the earth.

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth.

He breaks the bow, and shatters the spear. He burns the chariots in the fire.

“Be still, and know that I am God.

I will be exalted amongst the nations.

I will be exalted in the earth.”

 The LORD of Armies is with us.

The God of Jacob is our refuge.

 

Psalms chapter 51

Have mercy on me, God, according to your loving kindness.

According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity.

Cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions.

My sin is constantly before me.

Against you, and you only, I have sinned,

and done that which is evil in your sight,

so you may be proved right when you speak,

and justified when you judge.

Behold, I was born in iniquity.

My mother conceived me in sin.

Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts.

You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean.

Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Let me hear joy and gladness,

that the bones which you have broken may rejoice.

Hide your face from my sins,

and blot out all of my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Renew a right spirit within me.

Don’t throw me from your presence,

and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation.

Uphold me with a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways.

Sinners will be converted to you.

Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation.

My tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.

Lord, open my lips.

My mouth will declare your praise.

For you don’t delight in sacrifice, or else I would give it.

You have no pleasure in burnt offering.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.

O God, you will not despise a broken and contrite heart.

Do well in your good pleasure to Zion.

Build the walls of Jerusalem.

 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of righteousness,

in burnt offerings and in whole burnt offerings.

Then they will offer bulls on your altar.

 

Psalms chapter 54

Save me, God, by your name.

Vindicate me in your might.

Hear my prayer, God.

Listen to the words of my mouth.

For strangers have risen up against me.

Violent men have sought after my soul.

They haven’t set God before them.

Behold, God is my helper.

The Lord is the one who sustains my soul.

He will repay the evil to my enemies.

Destroy them in your truth.

With a free will offering, I will sacrifice to you.

I will give thanks to your name, LORD, for it is good.

 For he has delivered me out of all trouble.

My eye has seen triumph over my enemies.

 

Psalms chapter 55

Listen to my prayer, God.

Don’t hide yourself from my supplication.

Attend to me, and answer me.

I am restless in my complaint, and moan

because of the voice of the enemy,

because of the oppression of the wicked.

For they bring suffering on me.

In anger they hold a grudge against me.

My heart is severely pained within me.

The terrors of death have fallen on me.

Fearfulness and trembling have come on me.

Horror has overwhelmed me.

I said, “Oh that I had wings like a dove!

Then I would fly away, and be at rest.

Behold, then I would wander far off.

I would lodge in the wilderness.”

“I would hurry to a shelter from the stormy wind and storm.”

Confuse them, Lord, and confound their language,

for I have seen violence and strife in the city.

Day and night they prowl around on its walls.

Malice and abuse are also within her.

Destructive forces are within her.

Threats and lies don’t depart from her streets.

For it was not an enemy who insulted me,

then I could have endured it.

Neither was it he who hated me who raised himself up against me,

then I would have hidden myself from him.

But it was you, a man like me,

my companion, and my familiar friend.

We took sweet fellowship together.

We walked in God’s house with company.

Let death come suddenly on them.

Let them go down alive into Sheol.

For wickedness is amongst them, in their dwelling.

As for me, I will call on God.

The LORD will save me.

Evening, morning, and at noon, I will cry out in distress.

He will hear my voice.

He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me,

although there are many who oppose me.

God, who is enthroned forever,

will hear and answer them.

They never change

and don’t fear God.

He raises his hands against his friends.

He has violated his covenant.

His mouth was smooth as butter,

but his heart was war.

His words were softer than oil,

yet they were drawn swords.

Cast your burden on the LORD and he will sustain you.

He will never allow the righteous to be moved.

 But you, God, will bring them down into the pit of destruction.

Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days,

but I will trust in you.

 

Psalms chapter 56

Be merciful to me, God, for man wants to swallow me up.

All day long, he attacks and oppresses me.

My enemies want to swallow me up all day long,

for they are many who fight proudly against me.

When I am afraid,

I will put my trust in you.

In God, I praise his word.

In God, I put my trust.

I will not be afraid.

What can flesh do to me?

All day long they twist my words.

All their thoughts are against me for evil.

They conspire and lurk,

watching my steps.

They are eager to take my life.

Shall they escape by iniquity?

In anger cast down the peoples, God.

You count my wanderings.

You put my tears into your container.

Aren’t they in your book?

Then my enemies shall turn back in the day that I call.

I know this: that God is for me.

In God, I will praise his word.

In the LORD, I will praise his word.

I have put my trust in God.

I will not be afraid.

What can man do to me?

Your vows are on me, God.

I will give thank offerings to you.

 For you have delivered my soul from death,

and prevented my feet from falling,

that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

 

Psalms chapter 57

Be merciful to me, God, be merciful to me,

for my soul takes refuge in you.

Yes, in the shadow of your wings, I will take refuge,

until disaster has passed.

I cry out to God Most High,

to God who accomplishes my requests for me.

He will send from heaven, and save me,

he rebukes the one who is pursuing me.

God will send out his loving kindness and his truth.

My soul is amongst lions.

I lie amongst those who are set on fire,

even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows,

and their tongue a sharp sword.

Be exalted, God, above the heavens! Let your glory be above all the earth!

They have prepared a net for my steps.

My soul is bowed down.

They dig a pit before me.

They fall into the middle of it themselves.

My heart is steadfast, God.

My heart is steadfast.

I will sing, yes, I will sing praises.

 Wake up, my glory! Wake up, lute and harp!

I will wake up the dawn.

I will give thanks to you, Lord, amongst the peoples.

I will sing praises to you amongst the nations.

For your great loving kindness reaches to the heavens,

and your truth to the skies.

 Be exalted, God, above the heavens.

Let your glory be over all the earth.

 

Psalms chapter 61

Hear my cry, God.

Listen to my prayer.

From the end of the earth, I will call to you when my heart is overwhelmed.

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

For you have been a refuge for me,

a strong tower from the enemy.

I will dwell in your tent forever.

I will take refuge in the shelter of your wings.

For you, God, have heard my vows.

You have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

You will prolong the king’s life.

His years will be for generations.

He shall be enthroned in God’s presence forever.

Appoint your loving kindness and truth, that they may preserve him.

 So I will sing praise to your name forever,

that I may fulfil my vows daily.

 

Psalms chapter 62

My soul rests in God alone.

My salvation is from him.

He alone is my rock, my salvation, and my fortress.

I will never be greatly shaken.

How long will you assault a man?

Would all of you throw him down,

like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?

They fully intend to throw him down from his lofty place.

They delight in lies.

They bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly.

My soul, wait in silence for God alone,

for my expectation is from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress.

I will not be shaken.

My salvation and my honour is with God.

The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

Trust in him at all times, you people.

Pour out your heart before him.

God is a refuge for us.

Surely men of low degree are just a breath, and men of high degree are a lie.

In the balances they will go up.

They are together lighter than a breath.

Don’t trust in oppression.

Don’t become vain in robbery.

If riches increase,

don’t set your heart on them.

God has spoken once;

twice I have heard this,

that power belongs to God.

 Also to you, Lord, belongs loving kindness,

for you reward every man according to his work.

 

Psalms chapter 69

Save me, God,

for the waters have come up to my neck!

I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold.

I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.

I am weary with my crying.

My throat is dry.

My eyes fail looking for my God.

Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head.

Those who want to cut me off, being my enemies wrongfully, are mighty.

I have to restore what I didn’t take away.

God, you know my foolishness.

My sins aren’t hidden from you.

Don’t let those who wait for you be shamed through me, Lord GOD of Armies.

Don’t let those who seek you be brought to dishonour through me, God of Israel.

Because for your sake, I have borne reproach.

Shame has covered my face.

I have become a stranger to my brothers,

an alien to my mother’s children.

For the zeal of your house consumes me.

The reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.

When I wept and I fasted,

that was to my reproach.

When I made sackcloth my clothing,

I became a byword to them.

Those who sit in the gate talk about me.

I am the song of the drunkards.

But as for me, my prayer is to you, LORD, in an acceptable time.

God, in the abundance of your loving kindness, answer me in the truth of your salvation.

Deliver me out of the mire, and don’t let me sink.

Let me be delivered from those who hate me, and out of the deep waters.

Don’t let the flood waters overwhelm me,

neither let the deep swallow me up.

Don’t let the pit shut its mouth on me.

Answer me, LORD, for your loving kindness is good.

According to the multitude of your tender mercies, turn to me.

Don’t hide your face from your servant,

for I am in distress.

Answer me speedily!

Draw near to my soul and redeem it.

Ransom me because of my enemies.

You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonour.

My adversaries are all before you.

Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness.

I looked for some to take pity, but there was none;

for comforters, but I found none.

They also gave me poison for my food.

In my thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink.

Let their table before them become a snare.

May it become a retribution and a trap.

Let their eyes be darkened, so that they can’t see.

Let their backs be continually bent.

Pour out your indignation on them.

Let the fierceness of your anger overtake them.

Let their habitation be desolate.

Let no one dwell in their tents.

For they persecute him whom you have wounded.

They tell of the sorrow of those whom you have hurt.

Charge them with crime upon crime.

Don’t let them come into your righteousness.

Let them be blotted out of the book of life,

and not be written with the righteous.

But I am in pain and distress.

Let your salvation, God, protect me.

I will praise the name of God with a song,

and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

It will please the LORD better than an ox,

or a bull that has horns and hoofs.

The humble have seen it, and are glad.

You who seek after God, let your heart live.

For the LORD hears the needy,

and doesn’t despise his captive people.

Let heaven and earth praise him;

the seas, and everything that moves therein!

For God will save Zion, and build the cities of Judah.

They shall settle there, and own it.

 The children also of his servants shall inherit it.

Those who love his name shall dwell therein.

 

Psalms chapter 70

Hurry, God, to deliver me.

Come quickly to help me, LORD.

Let them be disappointed and confounded who seek my soul.

Let those who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.

Let them be turned because of their shame

who say, “Aha! Aha!”

Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you.

Let those who love your salvation continually say,

“Let God be exalted!”

 But I am poor and needy.

Come to me quickly, God.

You are my help and my deliverer.

LORD, don’t delay.

 

Psalms chapter 71

In you, LORD, I take refuge.

Never let me be disappointed.

Deliver me in your righteousness, and rescue me.

Turn your ear to me, and save me.

Be to me a rock of refuge to which I may always go.

Give the command to save me,

for you are my rock and my fortress.

Rescue me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,

from the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

For you are my hope, Lord GOD,

my confidence from my youth.

I have relied on you from the womb.

You are he who took me out of my mother’s womb.

I will always praise you.

I am a marvel to many,

but you are my strong refuge.

My mouth shall be filled with your praise,

with your honour all day long.

Don’t reject me in my old age.

Don’t forsake me when my strength fails.

For my enemies talk about me.

Those who watch for my soul conspire together,

saying, “God has forsaken him.

Pursue and take him, for no one will rescue him.”

God, don’t be far from me.

My God, hurry to help me.

Let my accusers be disappointed and consumed.

Let them be covered with disgrace and scorn who want to harm me.

But I will always hope,

and will add to all of your praise.

My mouth will tell about your righteousness,

and of your salvation all day,

though I don’t know its full measure.

I will come with the mighty acts of the Lord GOD.

I will make mention of your righteousness, even of yours alone.

God, you have taught me from my youth.

Until now, I have declared your wondrous works.

Yes, even when I am old and grey-haired, God, don’t forsake me,

until I have declared your strength to the next generation,

your might to everyone who is to come.

God, your righteousness also reaches to the heavens.

You have done great things.

God, who is like you?

You, who have shown us many and bitter troubles,

you will let me live.

You will bring us up again from the depths of the earth.

Increase my honour

and comfort me again.

I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, my God.

I sing praises to you with the lyre, Holy One of Israel.

My lips shall shout for joy!

My soul, which you have redeemed, sings praises to you!

 My tongue will also talk about your righteousness all day long,

for they are disappointed, and they are confounded, who want to harm me.

 

Psalms chapter 77

My cry goes to God!

Indeed, I cry to God for help,

and for him to listen to me.

In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord.

My hand was stretched out in the night, and didn’t get tired.

My soul refused to be comforted.

I remember God, and I groan.

I complain, and my spirit is overwhelmed.

You hold my eyelids open.

I am so troubled that I can’t speak.

I have considered the days of old,

the years of ancient times.

I remember my song in the night.

I consider in my own heart;

my spirit diligently enquires:

“Will the Lord reject us forever?

Will he be favourable no more?

Has his loving kindness vanished forever?

Does his promise fail for generations?

Has God forgotten to be gracious?

Has he, in anger, withheld his compassion?” 

Then I thought, “I will appeal to this:

the years of the right hand of the Most High.”

I will remember the LORD’s deeds;

for I will remember your wonders of old.

I will also meditate on all your work,

and consider your doings.

Your way, God, is in the sanctuary.

What god is great like God?

You are the God who does wonders.

You have made your strength known amongst the peoples.

You have redeemed your people with your arm,

the sons of Jacob and Joseph. 

The waters saw you, God.

The waters saw you, and they writhed.

The depths also convulsed.

The clouds poured out water.

The skies resounded with thunder.

Your arrows also flashed around.

The voice of your thunder was in the whirlwind.

The lightnings lit up the world.

The earth trembled and shook.

Your way was through the sea,

your paths through the great waters.

Your footsteps were not known.

 You led your people like a flock,

by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

 

Psalms chapter 86

Hear, LORD, and answer me,

for I am poor and needy.

Preserve my soul, for I am godly.

You, my God, save your servant who trusts in you.

Be merciful to me, Lord,

for I call to you all day long.

Bring joy to the soul of your servant,

for to you, Lord, do I lift up my soul.

For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,

abundant in loving kindness to all those who call on you.

Hear, LORD, my prayer.

Listen to the voice of my petitions.

In the day of my trouble I will call on you,

for you will answer me.

There is no one like you amongst the gods, Lord,

nor any deeds like your deeds.

All nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord.

They shall glorify your name.

For you are great, and do wondrous things.

You are God alone.

Teach me your way, LORD.

I will walk in your truth.

Make my heart undivided to fear your name.

I will praise you, Lord my God, with my whole heart.

I will glorify your name forever more.

For your loving kindness is great towards me.

You have delivered my soul from the lowest Sheol.

God, the proud have risen up against me.

A company of violent men have sought after my soul,

and they don’t hold regard for you before them.

But you, Lord, are a merciful and gracious God,

slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness and truth.

Turn to me, and have mercy on me! Give your strength to your servant.

Save the son of your servant.

 Show me a sign of your goodness,

that those who hate me may see it, and be shamed,

because you, LORD, have helped me, and comforted me.

 

Psalms chapter 88

LORD, the God of my salvation,

I have cried day and night before you.

Let my prayer enter into your presence.

Turn your ear to my cry.

For my soul is full of troubles.

My life draws near to Sheol.

I am counted amongst those who go down into the pit. I am like a man who has no help,

set apart amongst the dead,

like the slain who lie in the grave,

whom you remember no more.

They are cut off from your hand.

You have laid me in the lowest pit,

in the darkest depths.

Your wrath lies heavily on me.

You have afflicted me with all your waves.

You have taken my friends from me.

You have made me an abomination to them.

I am confined, and I can’t escape.

My eyes are dim from grief.

I have called on you daily, LORD.

I have spread out my hands to you.

Do you show wonders to the dead?

Do the departed spirits rise up and praise you?

Is your loving kindness declared in the grave?

Or your faithfulness in Destruction?

Are your wonders made known in the dark?

Or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

But to you, LORD, I have cried.

In the morning, my prayer comes before you.

LORD, why do you reject my soul?

Why do you hide your face from me?

I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up.

While I suffer your terrors, I am distracted.

Your fierce wrath has gone over me.

Your terrors have cut me off.

They came around me like water all day long.

They completely engulfed me.

 You have put lover and friend far from me,

and my friends into darkness.

 

Psalms chapter 102

Hear my prayer, LORD!

Let my cry come to you.

Don’t hide your face from me in the day of my distress.

Turn your ear to me.

Answer me quickly in the day when I call.

For my days consume away like smoke.

My bones are burnt as a torch.

My heart is blighted like grass, and withered,

for I forget to eat my bread.

By reason of the voice of my groaning,

my bones stick to my skin.

I am like a pelican of the wilderness.

I have become as an owl of the waste places.

I watch, and have become like a sparrow that is alone on the housetop.

My enemies reproach me all day.

Those who are mad at me use my name as a curse.

For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mixed my drink with tears,

because of your indignation and your wrath;

for you have taken me up and thrown me away.

My days are like a long shadow.

I have withered like grass.

But you, LORD, will remain forever;

your renown endures to all generations.

You will arise and have mercy on Zion,

for it is time to have pity on her.

Yes, the set time has come.

For your servants take pleasure in her stones,

and have pity on her dust.

So the nations will fear the LORD’s name,

all the kings of the earth your glory.

For the LORD has built up Zion.

He has appeared in his glory.

He has responded to the prayer of the destitute,

and has not despised their prayer.

This will be written for the generation to come.

A people which will be created will praise the LORD,

for he has looked down from the height of his sanctuary.

From heaven, the LORD saw the earth,

to hear the groans of the prisoner,

to free those who are condemned to death,

that men may declare the LORD’s name in Zion,

and his praise in Jerusalem,

when the peoples are gathered together,

the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

He weakened my strength along the course.

He shortened my days.

I said, “My God, don’t take me away in the middle of my days.

Your years are throughout all generations.

Of old, you laid the foundation of the earth.

The heavens are the work of your hands.

They will perish, but you will endure.

Yes, all of them will wear out like a garment.

You will change them like a cloak, and they will be changed.

But you are the same.

Your years will have no end.

 The children of your servants will continue.

Their offspring will be established before you.”

 

Psalms chapter 121

I will lift up my eyes to the hills.

Where does my help come from?

My help comes from the LORD,

who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved.

He who keeps you will not slumber.

Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is your keeper.

The LORD is your shade on your right hand.

The sun will not harm you by day,

nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all evil.

He will keep your soul.

 The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in,

from this time forward, and forever more.

 

Psalms chapter 123

I lift up my eyes to you,

you who sit in the heavens.

Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,

as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,

so our eyes look to the LORD, our God, until he has mercy on us.

Have mercy on us, LORD, have mercy on us,

for we have endured much contempt.

Our  soul is exceedingly filled with the scoffing of those who are at ease,

with the contempt of the proud.

 

Psalms chapter 130

Out of the depths I have cried to you, LORD.

Lord, hear my voice.

Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my petitions.

If you, LORD, kept a record of sins,

Lord, who could stand?

But there is forgiveness with you,

therefore you are feared.

I wait for the LORD.

My soul waits.

I hope in his word.

My soul longs for the Lord more than watchmen long for the morning,

more than watchmen for the morning.

Israel, hope in the LORD,

for there is loving kindness with the LORD.

Abundant redemption is with him.

 He will redeem Israel from all their sins.

 

Psalms chapter 140

Deliver me, LORD, from evil men. Preserve me from violent men:

those who devise mischief in their hearts.

They continually gather themselves together for war.

They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent.

Viper’s poison is under their lips. 

LORD, keep me from the hands of the wicked.

Preserve me from the violent men who have determined to trip my feet.

The proud have hidden a snare for me,

they have spread the cords of a net by the path.

They have set traps for me.

I said to the LORD, “You are my God.”

Listen to the cry of my petitions, LORD.

LORD, the Lord, the strength of my salvation,

you have covered my head in the day of battle.

LORD, don’t grant the desires of the wicked.

Don’t let their evil plans succeed, or they will become proud.

As for the head of those who surround me,

let the mischief of their own lips cover them.

Let burning coals fall on them.

Let them be thrown into the fire,

into miry pits, from where they never rise.

An evil speaker won’t be established in the earth.

Evil will hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted,

and justice for the needy.

 Surely the righteous will give thanks to your name.

The upright will dwell in your presence.

 

Psalms chapter 142

I cry with my voice to the LORD.

With my voice, I ask the LORD for mercy.

I pour out my complaint before him.

I tell him my troubles.

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,

you knew my route. On the path in which I walk,

they have hidden a snare for me.

Look on my right, and see;

for there is no one who is concerned for me.

Refuge has fled from me.

No one cares for my soul.

I cried to you, LORD.

I said, “You are my refuge,

my portion in the land of the living.”

Listen to my cry,

for I am in desperate need.

Deliver me from my persecutors,

for they are too strong for me.

Bring  my soul out of prison,

that I may give thanks to your name.

The righteous will surround me,

for you will be good to me.

 

Psalms chapter 143

Hear my prayer, LORD.

Listen to my petitions.

In your faithfulness and righteousness, relieve me.

Don’t enter into judgement with your servant,

for in your sight no man living is righteous.

For the enemy pursues my soul.

He has struck my life down to the ground.

He has made me live in dark places, as those who have been long dead.

Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me.

My heart within me is desolate.

I remember the days of old.

I meditate on all your doings.

I contemplate the work of your hands.

I spread out my hands to you.

My soul thirsts for you, like a parched land.  

Hurry to answer me, LORD.

My spirit fails.

Don’t hide your face from me, so that I don’t become like those who go down into the pit.

Cause me to hear your loving kindness in the morning,

for I trust in you.

Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,

for I lift up my soul to you.

Deliver me, LORD, from my enemies.

I flee to you to hide me.

Teach me to do your will,

for you are my God.

Your Spirit is good.

Lead me in the land of uprightness.

Revive me, LORD, for your name’s sake.

In your righteousness, bring my soul out of trouble.

 In your loving kindness, cut off my enemies,

and destroy all those who afflict my soul,

for I am your servant.

 

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The Bible verses published here have been adopted from the World English Bible British Edition which is in the Public Domain. Available at: https://ebible.org/engwebpb/PSA.htm

 

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