51 Calming Psalms for Anxiety and Fear

By David •  Updated: 01/02/23 •  10 min read

I would not wish anxiety on anyone, even on my worst enemy. I have experienced anxiety, and I can attest that it is a nightmare that scares me all the hours of the day and night.

It drains like nothing else in the world. Anxiety steals our peace, draws us into an emotional roller coaster, and robs us of our quality sleep at night.

Reading the word of God helped me out when I was on the verge of losing my mental health to anxiety.

Bible verses on anxiety reminded me of God’s faithfulness, love, care, and concern. It was then that I realized that my life was not under my control, but God’s.

Psalms are a perfect go-to book if you need to overcome or avoid anxiety.

Below are 51 Psalms for anxiety and fear , read and meditate on them to cast out your anxieties.

 

Psalms for Anxiety and Depression.

1. Psalms 46:10 (NIV)

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

2. Psalms 16:1-2 (NIV) 

Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge. I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”

3. Psalms 27:7-8 (NIV) 

Hear my voice when I call, O LORD; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, “Seek His face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek.

4. Psalms 31:7 (NIV) 

I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.

5. Psalms 42:2 (NIV)

My soul thirsts for God, the living God. When can I go and meet God?

6. Psalms 91:15 (NIV) 

He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

7. Psalms 27:1-3 (NIV) 

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?

8. Psalms 34:1 (NIV)

I will extol the Lord at all times, His praise will always be on my lips.

9. Psalms 61:1-3 (NIV) 

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.

10. Psalms 51:10 (NIV)

Create a pure heart in me, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Powerful Psalms Against Anxiety.

How many times has anxiety made us become impatient with God? He has promised us many good things in His word, but we fail to be patient enough for the promises to be fulfilled in our lives.

Anxiety may make us miss the mark of becoming God’s children. It is very important that we cast it out from our lives.

Read out loud these powerful psalms against anxiety to prevent yourself from worrying about things that are under God’s control.

11. Psalms 46:1-3 (NIV)

God is our refuge and strength; an ever-present help in times of trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart if the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah.

12. Psalms 103:11-12 (NIV) 

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

13. Psalms 121:1-4 (NIV) 

I lift up my eyes to the hills–where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip–He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel will never slumber nor sleep.

14. Psalms 116:6-7 (NIV) 

The LORD protects the simple hearted; when I was in great need, He saved me. Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.

15. Psalms 40:11 (NIV) 

Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me.

16. Psalms 62:5-7 (NIV) 

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress; I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge.

17. Psalms 56:4 (NIV) 

In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

18. Psalms 77:11-13 (NIV) 

I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds. Your ways, O God, are holy. What God is so great as our God?

19. Psalms 112:7-8 (NIV) 

He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.

20. Psalms 119:45 (NIV) 

I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame, for I delight in your commands because I love them.

Psalms to Help You Overcome Your Anxieties and Fears.

Anxiety is a sign of our lack of belief in the power and might of God. It demonstrates our lack of faith in the nature and character of God.

The Bible says that it is impossible to please God without faith. There’s no way the Lord will delight in us if we get anxious about everything that revolves around us.

To build your faith in God and fight anxiety, meditate on these psalms against anxiety.

21. Psalms 131:3 (NIV)

O Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.

22. Psalms 116:1-2 (NIV) 

I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live.

23. Psalms 94:19 (NIV)

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.

24. Psalms 118:6-8 (NIV) 

The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; He is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.

26. Psalms 107:13 (NIV) 

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress.

27. Psalms 55:22 (NIV) 

Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.

28. Psalms 37:7-8

(NIV) – Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil.

29. Psalms 4:8 (NIV) 

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

30. Psalms 3:3 (NIV) 

But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.

31. Psalms 7:10 (NIV) 

My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.

Psalms to Read When You are Feeling Anxious.

Anxiety and Fear

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David was anointed as King of Israel at a very young age. He knew that if the Lord had singled Him out among his brothers, He could show Him the way when the time comes.

He fought all anxious feelings by singing the psalms against anxiety.  As a result, his trust in the plan of God remained firm until he was crowned as King.

You can sing these psalms against anxiety as well as wait on God’s appointed time.

32. Psalms 28:7-8 (NIV) 

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will sing to Him in song. The Lord is the strength of His people, a fortress of salvation for His anointed one.

33. Psalms 27:1 (NIV) 

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?

34. Psalms 9:10 (NIV) 

Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.

35. Psalms 26:2-3 (NIV) 

Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.

36. Psalms 11:7 (NIV) 

For the LORD is righteous, He loves justice; upright men will see His face.

37. Psalms 25:9 (NIV) 

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches him His way.

38. Psalms 12:5 (NIV) 

“Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” says the Lord. “I will protect them from those who malign them.”

39. Psalms 38:15 (NIV)

I wait for you, O LORD; you will answer, O LORD my God.

40. Psalms 20:6 (NIV) 

Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He answers him from His holy heaven with the saving power of His right hand.

41. Psalms 18:2 (NIV) 

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalms for Anxiety and Fear.

God forbids us from being anxious about anything in our lives. He expects us to let Him know about our needs through prayer and thanksgiving.

There is no other way of praying that is more powerful than praying the word of God. Petitioning God using Bible verses works wonders.

You can present those needs that are making you feel anxious by praying while confessing these psalms against anxiety.

42. Psalms 13:5 (NIV)

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.

43. Psalms 19:8 (NIV) 

The percepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

44. Psalms 30:5 (NIV)

For His anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

45. Psalms 16:7-9 (NIV) 

I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

46. Psalms 32:8 (NIV) 

I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.

47. Psalms 17:7-8 (NIV)

Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.

48. Psalms 31:24 (NIV) 

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

49. Psalms 40:1 (NIV)

I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry.

50. Psalms 39:7 (NIV)

“But now, LORD, what do I look for? My hope is in you.”

51. Psalms 33:20 (NIV)

We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.

Conclusion

It may sound normal to experience anxiety because of the many goals and targets that we have as human beings.

However, we must note that it destroys our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

We must try in every way possible to fight anxiety for the stability of our mind and faith in God. The best way for us, who believe in God, is to read, sing or meditate on the above psalms against anxiety.

David

Is an Ordained Minister and Life Coach. He is an ordained minister since 1988. Shortly after receiving Jesus as his personal savior, he answered the call to ministry.