These 7 passages of Scripture to encourage the Weary have been a stronghold in the day of trouble.
I’ve had trouble coming up with words of encouragement for us during this time. I just couldn’t think of what to say; It’s like I went blank when it came to writing. I didn’t want to jump on the bandwagon with whatever. Instead, I wanted to allow God’s Word to be the director of my thoughts as I write. As I read God’s word and found encouragement for myself, I thought I should maybe share those verses. But even then, that felt too shallow. I felt that they were not enough to form a complete thought for sharing; I needed something else to go along with them. I guess I was hoping for some elaborate inspirational thoughts to hit me.
But you know what, nothing came. Eventually I realized that God’s Word can be taken at face value and doesn’t always need an elaborate explanation. Sharing Scripture verses is just as valuable as sharing the thoughts and interpretation behind them. We’re just nobodies trying to share what we think we should. In fact, many times we might interpret Scriptures based upon what we think the verses might be saying when they might be saying something else. So letting go and letting the verses speak to you for themselves seemed to be the better option.
With that in mind, I thought I would put together some Scripture verses that have been an encouragement to me and to us a family. Read them and allow God to speak to you through them. God’s plans are not ours and we just have to put our faith in Him to do what is best for us.
7 Passages of Scripture & Songs to Encourage the Weary
In Times of Trouble
7 The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
46 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
When I’m Afraid
Psalm 56: 3
3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
26 For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Dwelling in God’s Promises
91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
God’s Word Must Be Fulfilled
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
Songs of encouragement
Here are some of the songs we’ve been listening to. You can click each link to find them on Youtube.
Cornerstone – Hillsong Worship
Do It Again – Elevation Worship
See A Victory & Surrounded with Brandon Lake, Elevation Worship
Way Maker – Steffany Gretzinger, John Wilds, Jesus Image Choir
Have you been reading or listening to anything encouraging lately? What has been your source of strength and encouragement?
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness (Proverbs 31:7).