5 Beautiful Psalms that Comfort Me When I’m Depressed

From a Progressive Christian Who’s Here to Encourage You, Not Evangelize You

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Psalm 1

“They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.” (v. 3)

What stands out to me in this verse is that the trees “yield their fruit in its season.”

Psalm 16

“You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (v. 11)

“Fullness of joy” and “pleasures forevermore” — who doesn’t want that?!

Psalm 18

“In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.” (v. 6)

Psalm 18:6 comforts me because it reminds me that I’m not alone. A Higher Power is available to me if I’m willing to call upon it.

Psalm 32

“Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.” (v. 6)

What does it mean to be “faithful”, according to Psalm 32? I think verse six answers this question: a faithful person offers prayer to God.

Psalm 34

“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.” (v. 18)

This verse is well known and often quoted, and it’s easy to see why.

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