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17 Powerful Psalms for Strength to Pray When You Need Help

Have you ever prayed the Psalms for strength during difficult times?

At some point in our life, those sticky situations we get into may seem sad and hopeless. Even if you are optimistic by nature, hard times come upon all of us and no one is exempt. During these stressful days, we need to draw near to the Lord with courage and boldness.

I didn’t give Psalms much thought as that was significant for my life until I dug deeper when I wondered why David was considered a man after God’s own heart. I focused too much on his sins instead of the scriptures of Psalms. 

Pray these 17 Psalms for strength to eliminate any doubts or fears creeping into your mind. 

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Praying the Psalms for Strength

Feeling a bit weak and discouraged? The Psalms give you a wonderful picture of how to praise and pray to God by studying how David crafted his prayer to God.

It will give you strength and perseverance even when the world and your thoughts take you in the wrong direction.

Dear Heavenly Host, You are an amazing God who is Worthy of our Praise and Honor. Thank you, Lord, for your Psalms of Strength when we feel crushed by the weight of the world. When we call upon you, we are so grateful you answer. Shield us from doubts and fear as we trust in Your Name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Here are some Psalms for strength to memorize and ponder upon as God leaves you on a peaceful path of hope:

Psalms for Strength and Courage

Are you going through a difficult period where you fear what’s ahead of you? God can give you strength and courage through the Psalms as you tread against the current of doubt and worries. 

Use these Psalms for an uplifting message from God, whom we trust in any situation. Memorize and meditate upon His Word, day and night. 

Psalm for Strength Psalm 138 3

Psalm 138:3

When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me. Psalm 138:3 NIV

Psalm for Strength Psalm 3 3

Psalm 3:3

But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. Psalm 3:3 NIV

Psalm for Strength Psalm 20 7-8

Psalm 20:7-8

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. Psalm 20:7-8 NIV

Psalm for Strength Psalm 29 11

Psalm 29:11

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11 NIV

Psalm for Strength Psalm 18 1

Psalm 18:1

I love you, Lord, my strength. Psalm 18:1 NIV

Psalm for Strength Psalm 31 24

Psalm 31:24

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24 NIV

Psalm for Strength Psalm 27 14

Psalm 27:14

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 NIV

Psalm for Strength Psalm 89 15-17

Psalm 89:15-17

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness. For you are their glory and strength. Psalm 89:15-17 NIV

Meditate on these scriptures and use this example prayer to pray for strength.

Dear Lord, what a joy it is to live in your presence. I am so blessed to walk with you and rejoice in your name all day long. Help us to be strong during troubling times and periods of hopelessness. We will wait upon you as we wade through the waters of the world. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Psalms for Strength in Difficult Times

We must draw our strength using God’s Word. The older I get, the more precious His message becomes. It feeds my soul with hope, joy, and peace.

The world will tell you it’s hopeless, you’re a victim, or just get used to it.

Yet, the scripture tells you the opposite – you don’t gain anything from your own strength. It’s temporary and shallow. Instead, He is your strength – remember, He split the Red Sea, ripped the tabernacle veil from top to bottom, and walked boldly on water.

Draw close to Him, and He will draw close to you. What a wonderful promise when your heart is tender and full of pain. 

Take and pray over these Bible Verses in Psalms to draw strength during a critical time when stress is taking over your life. 

Psalm for Strength Psalm 18 2

Psalm 18:2

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 NIV 

Psalm for Strength Psalm 105 4

Psalm 105:4

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Psalm 105:4 NIV

Psalm for Strength Psalm 118 13-14

Psalm 118:13-14

I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. 14  The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. Psalm 118:13-14 NIV

Psalm for Strength Psalm 27 1

Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 NIV

Use the following example to pray the Psalms during difficult times.

Dear Heavenly Father, I am so thankful for your strength during difficult times that seem overwhelming and stressful. You have parted the Red Sea, you can take care of my small problems.

You are so strong that you ripped the thick veil from top to bottom so we could come boldly before You. While I was pushed back and about the fall, you picked me up in pieces and made me whole. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Psalms for Strength and Healing

Feeling weak with despair and sorrow?  He will heal you, whether it’s physical, mental, or spiritual. 

Lift your face up and look upon Him for your answers. Seek him when you are walking in the dark with no light ahead.

Keep these Psalm passages close to you as you look toward the light, Jesus is the Light of the World. Don’t forget these promises in these powerful strength scriptures below while you pray the Psalms for strength and healing. 

Psalm for Strength Psalm 23 4

Psalm 23:4

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Psalm 23:4 NIV

Psalm for Strength Psalm 119 28

Psalm 119: 28

My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. Psalm 119:28

Psalm for Strength Psalm 28 6-7

Psalm 28:6-7

Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:6-7 NIV

Psalm for Strength Psalm 73 26

Psalm 73:26

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 NIV

Psalm for Strength Psalm 28 7

Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. Psalm 28:7 NIV

Dear Lord, You are the Great Physician, the Ultimate Healer of all of our ailments. Please help us to put our trust in you when the valley is dark and fear overwhelms our souls.

Praise goes to you, who hears me when I cry for healing. Thank you Lord for being my strength and guidance; my heart is full of joy. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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God will relieve you from the cares of this world. He will refresh and renew your spirit with delightful songs and thoughts all day long. Just keep these Bible Verses close as you pray for strength each and every day.

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Develop a close relationship with Him as you study these 17 Psalms to pray for strength. When you begin to feel drained, replenish your thoughts with these life-changing passages and prayers. God’s Word is the drink of ultimate refreshment when you feel feeble and faint closing in on you.

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