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20 Psalms to Read when Life is Miserable

  • Sue Schlesman Contributing Writer
20 Psalms to Read when Life is Miserable

Making the Psalms a consistent part of our time studying the Bible is enriching and important. The Psalms are meant to be sung and prayed, and there are specific psalms that were written to help us when life it bleak and we feel miserable.

The individual and communal laments are the largest category of psalms. These psalms lay a troubling situation before the Lord and ask him for help. They can be about broad community problems or individual struggles. There are also songs of confidence and comfort – these psalms enable worshippers to deepen trust in God by reminding us of God’s goodness and plan for us.

Here are 20 psalms, mostly psalms of lament and songs of comfort, to help you as you struggle through a hard season of life. We pray they will move you to remember the mighty love of God for you – he is steadfast, always rich in mercy, and will never leave your side.

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