I loved Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul books as a kid! Some of the series’ ingredients of success: celebrity contributors, relatable stories with authentic emotions, and personalized collections for each reader (from the teenager to the mom). There was chicken noodle soup for every stage of life. Drawn into each story, we could connect with each writer's situation and apply what they did to our lives. Like actual chicken noodle soup, each story felt warm and comforting. The series' founders, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, believed that sharing stories changes lives, and I couldn't agree more. Now that I’m older, I have different ways to turn around a bad day. Sometimes I treat myself to another book on Kindle or try a new Starbucks drink or bake brownies.
When I really want to feel good in my soul, I turn to my Bible, especially the book of Psalms. This book of the bible is a collection of song lyrics that the authors wrote in response to their situations. Like the Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul series, the writers of Psalms share relatable stories of feeling far from God, weathering a bad storm, and facing life-threatening situations. Psalms captures Israel returning from exile in Babylon and David’s exile from Jerusalem. I started reading Psalms back in April while going through a rough season. I found the scripture to be so uplifting as the Psalmists model how to stay close to God in troubled times.
Did you have a rough week? Need a nap? Need a drink? Need something to really refresh your soul? Before you break open the bottle, pull out your candles and climb in the bathtub (there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself, girl!) ... try reading the Book of Psalms.
Today, I’m sharing my top 10 favorite passages from the book of Psalms. Maybe you're feeling tired, anxious or desperate. These verses are the perfect pick-me-up on a bad day. Maybe you just had a big win or received an amazing blessing. Let these verses be your anthem of praise.
My top 10 favorite Psalms
“I was so foolish and ignorant. I was like a beast before you.
You hold me by your right hand. You will guide me with Your Counsel
And Afterward receive me to glory … My flesh and heart fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Psalms 72: 22-26
“Trust in the Lord, and do good. Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalms 37: 3-4
“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage,
and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say on the Lord!”
“I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken for He is right beside me.”
“For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy
To all those who call upon You!”
“In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.”
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever …
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses
For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.”
Psalms 107:1-2, 6, 9
“I will praise You, for You have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; It was marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”
“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.”
Psalms 40: NLT
*Scriptures are taken from the NKJV version, unless otherwise specified. Italics added for emphasis.
The Bible isn’t your average book. God’s word is alive as He speaks through each page. Don’t just read the psalms. Interact with them. Highlight key verses. Write all over the pages. Ask questions in the margins.
3 Ways to Interact with the Book of Psalms
- Pray the scripture back to God. Did God just bring you out of a difficult season? Pray a song of praise by reciting Psalms 40.
- Read the scripture aloud. Remember the Psalms were originally songs; they were meant to be spoken! Read the verses aloud in prayer and to yourself. Scream them if you have to. Declare God’s word over your situation.
- Save your favorite verses. Write them on a separate piece of paper, and keep them in places you’ll see them: your car’s dashboard, above the kitchen sink, or on your bathroom mirror. You never know when you’ll need a little encouragement in your day.
I hope something you read here encouraged you today. I hope you feel uplifted and motivated for the coming week. What is your favorite verse from the Book of Psalms? Share in the comments below!