Psalm 34 For The Brokenhearted

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 Scriptures for the Brokenhearted

Scriptures for Broken Hearts

Psalm 34 has long been one of my favorite Psalms, though you’ve heard me mention a time or two that the entire book of Psalms is a go-to for times of struggle, fear and heartache. Nothing can comfort a broken heart like our sweet Savior, dear ones. There are many Scriptures that speak to the burdened and downcast, but today I’m going to focus on one passage of Scripture for broken hearts.

Psalm 34

Of David.

1 I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.

8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue his servants;
no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

When I’m feeling especially down or have recently been through a difficult time, one of my favorite things to do is pray the Psalms. And this is a great one to start with! Just take the Psalm and make the words your own. One of my absolute favorite ways to pray is to pray the Scriptures. When I use the Words of God Himself, I am assured that I am praying His will. No worries that I’m putting my own selfishness into my prayers, I use His Words and there is peace in that. Here is how I have been praying Psalm 34 recently…

Praying Psalm 34

Oh Lord, I will bless your name at all times.

Your praise will continually be on my lips, no matter what is happening around me.

I will boast in You, Lord, which allows me to turn my eyes to You and not my circumstance;

The humble will hear my words and be glad.

Oh let them magnify You with me. May they exalt You with me.

I seek You, Lord, and You hear me,

You deliver me from all my fears {name your fears, give them to God!}

The poor, {that’s me, Lord,} cry out to you and YOU HEAR ME,

You save me from all my troubles.

Your angels encamp all around those who fear Him,

and I am delivered.

I taste, Lord, I see, and I know You are good — no matter what is falling apart in my life.

You say I will be blessed when I trust You and I believe this and with faith I declare, I TRUST YOU. No matter what comes my way. No matter who fails me. No matter what, I trust You.

You have said that those who seek You will lack no good thing and in faith, I take you at Your word. The brokenness I see around me, You will use it for good.

The righteous, me, Lord – covered by the righteousness of Christ – cry out to you and YOU HEAR ME,

You deliver me from all my troubles.

You are near to the brokenhearted, you save those with a contrite spirit.

Many are our afflictions, Lord Jesus, so therefore, Lord, but You deliver me out of them all.

The Lord redeems my soul. Bless You, Jesus, Lover of my soul.

Amen.

“Your most profound and intimate experiences of worship will likely be in your darkest days – when your heart is broken, when you feel abandoned, when your out of options, when the pain is great – and you turn to God alone.” ~ Rick Warren

More Scriptures For The Brokenhearted

  • Psalm 55:22
  • Psalm 73:26
  • Psalm 147:3
  • Isaiah 41:10
  • Isaiah 43:18
  • Matthew 11:28
  • John 14:27
  • John 16:33
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9
  • 1 Peter 5:7

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10 Favorite Women’s Bible Studies

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For as long as I can remember, doing Bible study with other sisters in the Lord has been a tremendous blessing in my life. I am blessed to be in a fairly large church where we have multiple opportunities to meet with one another and study God’s Word. If you aren’t involved in such a place, I encourage you to even find ONE friend {even an online friend!!} that you can study with. The accountability and encouragement will go a LONG way in deepening your time in God’s Word! When it comes to FAVORITE women’s Bible studies, it was pretty hard for me to narrow it down, really I think every study I do is my favorite at the time.

Here are some of my favorite studies I have done over the years, in no particular order.

Favorite Women’s Bible Studies

Children of the Day: 1 & 2 Thessalonians by Beth Moore (If you can find a group to do the DVD sessions with, they are SO worth it! DVD SET By Beth Moore 2014) — this is the study I am currently finishing up from a summer Bible study session at church. Honestly, I have never done a Beth Moore study that I haven’t loved. I have never studied 1 & 2 Thessalonians in depth before, so this was wonderful to look deeper into a new book of the Bible. 

One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land by Priscilla Shirer — I love Priscilla’s teaching, so her DVD’s are wonderful too: One in a Million – DVD Leader Kit - I love this study on the Israelites in the wilderness!

James: Mercy Triumphs (Member Book) and the DVD set: James: Mercy Triumphs (DVD Leader Kit) – I sound like a broken record, but studying James was also another favorite. I love that book anyway, so looking at some of my favorite passages and studying them more in-depth was wonderful.

Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman (DVD set: Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman (DVD Leader Kit)) — this study introduced me to Esther in a way I had not seen before. LOVED all of the characteristics of women and the truths that go along with each characteristic, pointing us to Jesus. Every woman should do this study!!  

Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break Member Book (Living Room) (DVD series: Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break DVD Leader Kit (The Living Room Series) – I actually learned about Kelly Minter on Beth Moore’s blog, I believe! I have done several of her studies, but this one on Nehemiah is my favorite of hers! I loved taking a look at the man Nehemiah, because I had never studied him before. Through this study there is an emphasis on missions, prayer and helping the needy around the world.

Stepping Up: A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent, Member Book (DVD series: Stepping Up: A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent DVD Set By Beth Moore) — So, if you’ve read my blog long or know me in real life, you probably already know that the Psalms are my FAVORITE book of the Bible. So, it’s no surprise that I loved this study from Beth Moore also!!

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World Study Guide: Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life (A 10-Session Series for Personal Or Group Study) (DVD series: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World DVD Study Pack: Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life) — This book really was good for me several years ago when I had little children and was struggling with being home all the time with young children who are so needy.  :)

Workbook: Unglued Participant’s Guide: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions DVD series: Unglued Participant’s Guide with DVD: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions – this is another book/study every woman should do!! I don’t know about you, but I have quite a few unglued moments. :)

DVD series: Restless DVD Based Study Kit: Because You Were Made for More Workbook: Restless Study Guide: Because You Were Made for More – this study by Jennie Allen is for every person out there who questions their calling, or even IF they are called. Feeling restless with where you are in life? So many of us are discontent, this book and study will help you find where your gifting meets the need around you.

Me, Myself, & Lies: A Thought-Closet Makeover (Bible Study Workbook) (DVD series: Me Myself & Lies DVD Leader Kit: A Thought Closet Makeover) — this study by Jennifer Rothschild is on a topic that I have struggled with for many years – my thoughts! The negative in my head has been soooo hard to get a hold on. This study is great for taking a look at what is in our mind and why, as well as Scriptural truths to battle the negative thoughts we have.

Friends, these are just my favorites that I’ve done. The important thing is to BE IN THE WORD. I constantly need the renewing and transforming of my mind. I need the encouragement and comfort that only the Lord and His words can give. I need to hear His voice when sometimes I’m unsure of what I’m hearing. When I’m in His Word and communing with the Father, He fills me with such peace. These books are just TOOLS to get us digging deeper…the most important thing is to just open that Bible and start reading. No plan? No worries! Read a Psalm a day. A proverb a day. Read one gospel in a month. Don’t make it too hard, just make it a point to dig in. I shared here about how God has ministered to my heart this summer through His Word. He is faithful!

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