• Karen O'Reilly

30 Psalms For Anxiety, Fear, Worry, And Depression.

Updated: 27 minutes ago

Do you ever suffer from anxiety?

I have had very distressing times in the past that led to panic attacks. Thankfully it has been a long time since I have had the distressing symptoms of anxiety. Those anxiety attacks seem to surface when everything seems out of my control.

I'm going to share with you the antidote that I have discovered to quench my bouts of anxiety attacks. The answer is by renewing your mind with scripture and trusting that God is who He says He is, and that He has a good plan and a future for me (and you).

30 Day Bible Challenge

Have you ever participated in a Bible reading challenge?

Join me for the next 30 days in using this 30 day bible reading plan in the Psalms. I have curated 30 Psalms for anxiety, psalms for fear, psalms for worry, and psalms for depression.

Anxiety can be a complex issue that usually finds its roots in fear, and events in our lives that cause us to worry, and our response to these life events if left unchecked can lead to depression.

Are you in the middle of:

  • a health crisis

  • change in job

  • sick child

  • loss of a job

  • financial worry

  • marriage crisis

Then this 30 day Bible reading plan is perfect for you.

You may have already participated in another bible challenge that we had on the 30 names of God. The name of God that speaks so loudly to me as I prepared this Psalms Bible reading plan, is El Roi which means the God who sees me. Hagar was the first person to use this name for God. The God that Hagar met in the desert is a deeply personal and intimate God. God saw how Sarai had treated Hagar which led her to flee to the desert. God met her right there in her time of distress and that is what God wants to do for you too.

Why read the Psalms?

God wants to meet you in your time of distress. You are not alone with these feelings of anxiety, worry, fear, and depression. You will find that the psalmists wrote many psalms due to the distress that they were in.

But the psalms that I will share with you are calming Psalms. They are psalms that were written by men that wrestled with stress, worry, and fear. They too suffered from great discouragement. These psalmists found the secret to overcoming all these overwhelming emotions that cause anxiety.

Can you guess what their secret weapon was?

These psalmists knew the secret weapon to overcome, anxiety, fear, worry, and depression was to give God a sacrifice of praise.

What happens when you worship God?

You will find, just like these psalmists did that when you worship God and sing songs of praise to Him that your perspective changes. As you worship God you will remember that He is a Big God and that He knows your situation. You will be encouraged as you remember events or circumstances from your life in the past and how God stepped right into the middle of them with you. And you will be changed just from practicing the presence of God.

Your circumstances may not change immediately but you will have renewed hope and joy and your heart will be strengthened.

As you read, write and pray these psalms daily your heart will be transformed.

You will exchange fear for courage, doubt for faith, and anxiety for peace. This does not mean that your anxiety immediately disappears but your heart will be strengthened as you write scripture and memorize these select bible verses of Psalms for anxiety.

When you give your anxious heart to God, He will take your fears, everything that causes you to worry, all that anxiety, and He will give you His supernatural peace.

Psalms Reading Plan And Free Daily Devotional

This bible challenge is more than just a scripture writing plan on psalms for anxiety. I am inviting you daily to the blog for the next six weeks for a daily devotional bible study online. It is a free daily devotional with a little bit of bible study so that you can understand the context of each verse that we study. We will be studying these Psalms five days each week and then on the weekend, you can catch up if you missed a day. You are also invited to our Restoring Beauty For Ashes Facebook Group to chat about the devotionals there too.

I have designed a pretty printable bible reading plan. You can download this PDF to your desktop computer to print out or download it to your phone or tablet with one of the free PDF reading apps. I have been using the iBooks app and the XODO app on both my phone and tablet. I love that I can journal my thoughts and write my prayers wherever I am. This printable bible reading plan also contains a prayer journal. There are a few pages with prompts to help you dig deeper as you study and write these scriptures from the Psalms. You will find these journal pages invaluable as you read the daily devotionals that accompany this Psalms reading plan.

So let's dive in and see our chosen bible verses from the Psalms bible plan. I have chosen 9 psalms that speak specifically for anxiety, 7 psalms for depression, 8 psalms for fear, and 6 psalms for worry.

Psalms for anxiety

1. Psalm 5:3 "Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly." Read our devotional God is listening.

2. Psalm 18:1-2 "I love you, Lord; you are my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety." Read our devotional, God is my fortress.

3. Psalm 23: 1-3 " The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. 2 He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. 3 He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name." Read our devotional, He restores my soul.

4. Psalm 25:5 " Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you." Read our devotional, Show me Your ways, Lord.

5. Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Read our devotional, God says, Be Still!

6. Psalm 118: 24 " This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." Read our devotional, This is the day the Lord has made.

7. Psalm 119: 165 "Those who love your instructions have great peace and do not stumble." Read our devotional, Be difficult to offend.

8. Psalm 138:3 "As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength." Read our devotional, Be bold in the Lord.

9. Psalm 139:23-24 "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life." Read our devotional, God knows my heart

Psalms for depression

1. Psalm 3:3 "But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high." Read our devotional, God is the lifter of my head.

2. Psalm 30:5 "For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning." Read our devotional, Joy comes in the morning.

3. Psalm 30:11 "You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy". Read our devotional, God turns your mourning into dancing.

4. Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed."