Psalm 34 For The Brokenhearted

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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.

I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. 

I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. 

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.

The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days,

keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. 

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,

and his ears are attentive to their cry; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,

to blot out their name from the earth.

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;

he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.

Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned.

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…

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My Prayer of 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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Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things

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8 thoughts on “Psalm 34 For The Brokenhearted”

  1. Thanks, Candace. This is so timely. I have been so heartbroken this year over the premature birth of my twins. We are coming up to the one year anniversary and the grief has come back full force. Plus we haven’t been able to conceive and that just compounds the brokenheartedness. It is a really hard place and I feel so forsaken. I am going to pray through your list of psalms for the broken hearted. At least it will give me some focus and a place to start.

    1. Julie, hey there friend. I’m praying for you this morning. Praying the Psalms has truly encouraged my heart in some of my darkest days. I pray they bless you, too.

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