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Be not afraid! Praying with the scripture and the psalms to conquer fear

Jesus calming the storm
Jesus calming the storm
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The psalms are prayers in the Old Testament. The majority of them were written by King David. As a boy David tended sheep and prayed to God with his music. He sang to God in all moments of his life during every emotion. . Each of the psalms is actually meant to be sung. If you are experiencing anxiety or are in need of healing turn to the psalms to guide you in prayer.

Life is filled with stress. Every moment of our lives we need to turn to God for guidance. If we truly trust Him, we will be guided in how to deal with the problems we are experiencing. Praying with scripture can be very beneficial. There are many passages in scripture which we can pray in regard to fear.

Philippians 4:67 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your god, I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord you God goes with you, he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.

The Psalms can also be prayed to find comfort and inspiration.

The following six psalms are songs of trust and turning to God in time of need. Pray (or sing) them and find the 'Peace of Christ'.

Psalm 3   Trust in God under Adversity
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Psalm 3 Trust in God under Adversity

O Lord, how many are my foes!  Many are rising against me;  Many are saying to me, "There is no help for you in God."

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.  I cry aloud to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy hill.

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, for the Lord sustains me.  I am not afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.

Rise  up, O Lord!  Deliver me, O my God!  For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked. 

Deliverance belongs to the Lord; may your blessing be on your people!

 

Psalm 23   The Divine Shepherd
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Psalm 23 The Divine Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures;  he leads me beside still waters;  He restores my soul.  He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me;  your rod and your staff...they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

Psalm 27   Triumphant Song of Confidence
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Psalm 27 Triumphant Song of Confidence

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?

When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh...my adversaries and foes...they shall stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident.

One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after;  to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble;  he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;  he will set me high on a rock. 

Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;  I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me!  "Come," my heart says, "seek his face!"  Your face, Lord, do I seek.  Do not hide your face from me.

Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help.  Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation!  If my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will take me up.

Teach me your way, O lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.  Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen against me, and they are breathing out violence.

I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord;  be strong, and let your heart take courage;  wait for the Lord!

Psalm 56   Trust in God under Persecution
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Psalm 56 Trust in God under Persecution

Be gracious to me, O God, for people trample on me;  all day long foes oppress me;  my enemies trample on me all day long, for many fight against me.  O Most High, when I am afraid, I put my trust in you.  In God whose word I praise, in God I trust; I am not afraid, what can flesh do to me?

All day long they seek to injure my cause; all their thoughts are against me for evil.  They stir up strife, they lurk, they watch my steps.  As they hoped to have my life, so repay them for their crime; in wrath cast down the peoples, O God!

You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle.  Are they not in your record?  Then my enemies will retreat in the day when I call. 

This I know, that God is for me.  In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I am not afraid.  What can a mere mortal do to me?

My vows to you I must perform, O God;  I will render thank offerings to you.  For you have delivered my soul from death, and my feet from falling, so that I may walk before God in the light of life.

Psalm 91   Assurance of God's Protection
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Psalm 91 Assurance of God's Protection

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust." 

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge;  his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.  You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.  You will only look with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.  On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.  You will tread on the lion and the adder the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

Those who love me, I will deliver;  I will protect those who know my name.  When they call to me, I will answer them;  I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them.  With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.

Psalm 121    Assurance of God's Protection
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Psalm 121 Assurance of God's Protection

I lift up my eyes to the hills...from where will my help come?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.  He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade  at your right hand.  The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;  he will keep your life.  The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.