I’ve listed some verses here that I’ve found helpful and encouraging in difficult times. I hope that you will be encouraged by them also. Have a wonderful week…
Psalm 142:1-3 (HCSB)
“I cry aloud to the Lord;
I plead aloud to the Lord for mercy.
I pour out my complaint before Him;
I reveal my trouble to Him.
Although my spirit is weak within me,
You know my way.
Along this path I travel
they have hidden a trap for me.”
Psalm 141:4-6 (HCSB)
“Do not let my heart turn to any evil thing
or perform wicked acts
with men who commit sin.
Do not let me feast on their delicacies.
Let the righteous one strike me—
it is an act of faithful love;
let him rebuke me—
it is oil for my head;
let me not refuse it.
Even now my prayer is against
the evil acts of the wicked.
When their rulers will be thrown off
the sides of a cliff,
the people will listen to my words,
for they are pleasing.”
Psalm 83:1-3 (HCSB)
God, do not keep silent.
Do not be deaf, God; do not be idle.
See how Your enemies make an uproar;
those who hate You have acted arrogantly.
They devise clever schemes against Your people;
they conspire against Your treasured ones.
Psalm 61:1-8 (HCSB)
“God, hear my cry;
pay attention to my prayer.
I call to You from the ends of the earth
when my heart is without strength.
Lead me to a rock that is high above me,
for You have been a refuge for me,
a strong tower in the face of the enemy.
I will live in Your tent forever
and take refuge under the shelter of Your wings. Selah
God, You have heard my vows;
You have given a heritage
to those who fear Your name.
Add days to the king’s life;
may his years span many generations.
May he sit enthroned before God forever;
appoint faithful love and truth to guard him.
Then I will continually sing of Your name,
fulfilling my vows day by day.”
Psalm 55:1-3 (HCSB)
God, listen to my prayer
and do not ignore my plea for help.
Pay attention to me and answer me.
I am restless and in turmoil with my complaint,
because of the enemy’s voice,
because of the pressure of the wicked.
For they bring down disaster on me
and harass me in anger.
Psalm 35:1-3 (HCSB)
Oppose my opponents, Lord;
fight those who fight me.
Take Your shields—large and small—
and come to my aid.
Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers,
and assure me: “I am your deliverance.”
Psalm 7:1-17 (HCSB)
“Yahweh my God, I seek refuge in You;
save me from all my pursuers and rescue me
or they will tear me like a lion,
ripping me apart with no one to rescue me.
Yahweh my God, if I have done this,
if there is injustice on my hands,
if I have done harm to one at peace with me
or have plundered my adversary without cause,
may an enemy pursue and overtake me;
may he trample me to the ground
and leave my honor in the dust. Selah
Rise up, Lord, in Your anger;
lift Yourself up against the fury of my adversaries;
awake for me;
You have ordained a judgment.
Let the assembly of peoples gather around You;
take Your seat on high over it.
The Lord judges the peoples;
vindicate me, Lord,
according to my righteousness and my integrity.
Let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
but establish the righteous.
The One who examines the thoughts and emotions
is a righteous God.
My shield is with God,
who saves the upright in heart.
God is a righteous judge
and a God who shows His wrath every day.
If anyone does not repent,
God will sharpen His sword;
He has strung His bow and made it ready.
He has prepared His deadly weapons;
He tips His arrows with fire.
See, the wicked one is pregnant with evil,
conceives trouble, and gives birth to deceit.
He dug a pit and hollowed it out
but fell into the hole he had made.
His trouble comes back on his own head,
and his violence falls on the top of his head.
I will thank the Lord for His righteousness;
I will sing about the name of Yahweh the Most High.”
Psalm 143:1-3 (HCSB)
“Lord, hear my prayer.
In Your faithfulness listen to my plea,
and in Your righteousness answer me.
Do not bring Your servant into judgment,
for no one alive is righteous in Your sight.
For the enemy has pursued me,
crushing me to the ground,
making me live in darkness
like those long dead.”