8 Psalms for hope when life is overwhelming


6. When it seems like everyone is blessed or you don’t even want God

Psalm 37: 1-6
Do not worry about those who are evil and do not envy those who do evil; for like grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die. Trust in the Lord and do good; inhabit the land and enjoy secure pastures. Take pleasure in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Start your way to the Lord; trust him and he will do this: he will make your just reward shine like the dawn, your justification like the midday sun.

Do you ever feel like you are doing everything right and everything is wrong? You look around you at the others who are blessed and ask yourself: where are you, God, in my life? Or, sometimes you may not even want to know God at all.

Let’s face it, sometimes when life gets tough you might even be tempted to cut a corner or shave the edge a bit. After all … someone else is doing it and they’re getting ahead of the curve while you struggle.

That is why Psalm 37: 1-6 offers a lot of hope through the hardships of life. It is a reminder that God will reward your integrity. Don’t be discouraged or distracted. Just keep trusting God and keep doing good. In due time, he will justify you.

7. When your anger has reached a breaking point

Psalm 141: 3-4
Put a guard over my mouth, Lord; watch over the door of my lips. May my heart not be drawn to evil so that I take part in evil deeds with those who are evil; don’t let me eat their delicacies.

One of the challenges of managing life is that you can burn yourself out. When you burn out you lose your patience and just want to give people a piece of your mind. When this happens, you may be tempted to say the wrong thing or do the wrong thing. In these times of fatigue, let these words of this Psalm resonate in your heart. These battles are difficult, so remembering the word of God during battle will help you get through.

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