Where to get help in the book of Psalms

The book of Psalms is my favourite book in the Bible. I just love the range of human emotions it deals with. For the most part, Psalms are people crying out to God, whether it be in pain, sorrow, confusion, thanks or worship.

The book of Psalms also highlights the characteristics of God ~ see below “How God Is Described in Psalms”.

But, make no mistake… the emotions expressed in Psalms are raw and the lessons that God teaches through them are tough. Yet, while reading through, you somehow know that everything is going to be OK and you can feel God’s love shining up at you through the words.

I have a piece of paper in my Bible, usually inserted somewhere in Psalms, which I regularly use when I need help. It lists which Psalms to read in a given circumstance or situation. I’m going to try and reproduce it here, as I believe that if it can help me, it can help you, too!


Where to get help in the book of Psalms

WHEN YOU FEEL…  
Afraid 3; 4; 27; 46; 49; 56; 91; 118
Alone 9; 10; 12; 13; 27; 40; 43
Burned Out 6; 63
Cheated 41
Confused 10; 12; 73
Depressed 27; 34; 42; 43; 88; 143
Distressed 13; 25; 31; 40; 107
Elated 19; 96
Guilty 19; 32; 38; 51
Hateful 11
Impatient 13; 27; 37; 40
Insecure 3; 5; 12; 91
Insulted 41; 70
Jealous 37
Like quitting 29; 43; 145
Lost 23; 139
Overwhelmed 25; 69; 142
Penitent/Sorry 32; 51; 66
Proud 14; 30; 49
Purposeless 14; 25; 39; 49; 90
Sad 13
Self-confident 24
Tense 4
Thankful 118; 136; 138
Threatened 3; 11; 17
Tired/Weak 6; 13; 18; 28; 29; 40; 86
Trapped 7; 17; 42; 88; 142
Unimportant 8; 90; 139
Vengeful 3; 7; 109
Worried 37
Worshipful 8; 19; 27; 29; 150

WHEN YOU’RE FACING…  
Atheists 10; 14; 19; 52; 53; 115
Competition 133
Danger 11
Death 6; 71; 90
Decisions 1, 119
Discrimination 54
Doubts 34; 37; 94
Evil People 10; 35; 36; 49; 52; 109; 140
Enemies 3; 25; 35; 41; 56; 59
Heresy 14
Hypocrisy 26; 28; 40; 50
Illness 6; 139
Lies 5; 12; 120
Old Age 17; 92
Persecution 1; 3; 7; 56
Poverty 9; 10; 12
Punishment 6; 38; 39
Slander/Insults 7; 15; 35; 43; 120
Slaughter 6; 46; 83
Sorrow 23; 24
Success 18; 112; 127; 128
Temptation 38; 141
Troubles 34; 55; 86; 102; 142; 145
Verbal Cruelty 35; 120
   


WHEN YOU WANT…  
Acceptance 139
Answers 4; 17
Assurance 61
Confidence 46; 71
Courage 11; 42
Fellowship with God 5; 16; 25; 27; 37; 133
Forgiveness 32; 38; 40; 51; 69; 86; 103; 130
Friendship 16
Godliness 15; 25
Guidance 1; 5; 15; 19; 25; 32; 48
Healing 6; 41
Hope 16; 17; 18; 23; 27
Humility 19; 147
Illumination 19
Integrity 24; 25
Joy 9; 16; 28; 126
Justice 2; 7; 14; 26; 37; 49; 58; 82
Knowledge 2; 8; 18; 19; 25; 29; 97; 103
Leadership 72
Miracles 60; 111
Money 15; 16; 17; 49
Peace 3; 4
Perspective 2; 11
Prayer 5; 17; 27; 61
Protection 3; 4; 7; 16; 17; 18; 23; 27; 31; 91; 121; 125
Provision 23
Rest 23; 27
Salvation 26; 37; 49; 126
Security 61
Stability 11; 33; 46
Vindication 9; 14; 28; 35; 109
Wisdom 1; 16; 19; 64; 111


 
Praise in Psalms
8; 19; 30; 65; 84; 96; 100; 136; 145; 150
Anger & Vengeance in Psalms
10; 28; 35; 59; 69; 109; 137; 139; 140
History in Psalms
68; 78; 95; 105; 106; 111; 114; 135; 136; 149
Justice in Psalms
7; 9; 15; 37; 50; 72; 75; 82; 94; 145
Confession, Repentance & Forgiveness in Psalms
6; 14; 31; 32; 38; 41; 51; 102; 130; 143
Troubles and Complaints in Psalms
3; 6; 13; 31; 37; 64; 77; 102; 121; 142

 


PSALMS TO LOVE & LEARN  
…to bring us into God’s presence 29; 95:1-7a; 96; 100
…about goodness 1; 19; 24; 133; 136; 139
…of praise 8; 97; 103; 107; 113; 145; 150
…of repentance & forgiveness 32:1-5; 51; 103
…for times of trouble 3; 14; 22; 37:1-11; 42; 46; 53; 116:1-7
…of confidence & trust 23; 40:1-4; 91; 119:11; 121; 127


HOW GOD IS DESCRIBED IN PSALMS  
God is…  
All-knowing & ever-present 139
Beautiful & desirable 27; 36; 45
Creator 8; 104; 148
Good & generous 34; 81; 107
Great & sovereign 33; 89; 96
Holy 66; 99; 145
Loving & faithful 23; 42; 51
Merciful & forgiving 32; 111; 130
Powerful 76; 89; 93
Willing to reveal His will, law & direction 1; 19; 119
Righteous & just 71; 97; 113
Spirit 104; 139; 143


PRAYER IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS  
Prayers of…  
Praise to God 100; 113; 117
Thanksgiving by a community 67; 75; 136
Thanksgiving by an individual 18; 30; 32
Request by the community 79; 80; 123
Request by an individual 3; 55; 86
Sorrow by the community 44; 74; 137
Sorrow by an individual 5; 6; 120
Anger 35; 109; 140
Confession 6; 32; 51
Faith 11; 16; 23


REASONS TO READ PSALMS  
When you want to…  
…find comfort 23
…meet God intimately 103
…learn a new prayer 136
…learn a new song 92
…learn more about God 24
…know how to come to God each day 5
…be forgiven for your sins 51
…feel worthwhile 139
…understand why you should read the Bible 119
…give praise to God 145
…know that God is in control 146
…give thanks to God 136
…please God 15
…know why you should worship God 104


NOTE: I did not originally pen this and I can’t remember where I got this from, so if you’re reading this and you recognise your own work, please let me know and I’ll happily give all the credit. And, by the way, thank you for this piece, it’s blessed me SO many times.

 

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