Psalms

I have picked out these verses of hope and encouragement from the first fifty psalms – there are a hundred more psalms to pray with:

Blessed are they who put their trust in God.

You, Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, who lift up my head.

I cry aloud to the Lord.  He answers from his holy mountain.

It is the Lord who grants favours to those whom he loves;

the Lord hears me whenever I call him. 

I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once

for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

All those you protect shall be glad and ring out their joy.

You shelter them; in you they rejoice, those who love your name.

As for me, I trust in your merciful love. 

Let my heart rejoice in your saving help.

Guard me as the apple of your eye. 

Hide me in the shadow of your wings.

My God is the rock where I take refuge;

my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold.

In my anguish I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help.

From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.

You, O Lord, are my lamp, my God who lightens my darkness.

He indeed is the shield of all who make him their refuge.

May the Lord answer in time of trial;

may the name of Jacob’s God protect you.

If I should walk in the valley of darkness no evil would I fear.

You are there with your crook and your staff; with these you give me comfort.

He keeps me safe in his tent in the day of evil.

He hides me in the shelter of his tent, on a rock he sets me safe.

Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.  Hope in the Lord!

Hear the voice of my pleading as I call for help,

as I lift up my hands in prayer to your holy place.

How great is the goodness, Lord, that you keep for those who fear you,

that you show to those who trust you in the sight of the people.

Be strong, let your heart take courage, all who hope in the Lord.

May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.

The Lord turns his eyes to the just and his ears to their appeal.

They call and the Lord hears and rescues them in all their distress.

Why are you cast down, my soul, why groan within me?

Hope in God; I will praise him still, my saviour and my God.

God is for us a refuge and strength, a helper close at hand, in time of distress.

O rescue me, God, my helper, and my tongue shall ring out your goodness,

my mouth shall declare your praise.