Prayers of Comfort from Psalm 37

Near Marshall, MI: Photo by: Mark J Booth

Trials are a part of every person’s life.  These trials can be self-induced or they can be caused by events beyond our control.  The question isn’t if we will have trials, but how will we face these trials.  Psalm 37 is written from the perspective of a man filled with trials.  God shows him the way he is to navigate through these trials.  Here are some prayers that go along with this very encouraging Psalm.  May God use Psalm 37 to help give direction and comfort to each of us.

“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.” (Psalm 37:1)  “Lord, I find myself filled with worry.  I worry about my walk with you.  I worry about my family, and the church.  I worry about my future.  I sometimes look at others and feel as though I am lacking something.  I also fret because evil seems to be gaining ground every day in our nation.  Help me to gain perspective upon the things that trouble me.  I need to grow in faith; so that I know in my heart that you are in control of everything.  I can trust you with my life and with what is happening in the world around me.  Amen”

“Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall thee the desires of thine heart.” (Psalm 37:4) “Lord, I often focus on my circumstances instead of focusing upon you. I forget to take delight in all that you are. Help me to focus upon all that you are and all that you do. May I delight in you today regardless of my circumstances. Amen.”

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and he shall bring it to pass.” (Psalm 37:5) “Lord, I often want to chart my own course in life.  I look at my future from my perspective and not from yours. Why do I find it difficult to commit my way to you? Lord, you do know what is best for my life. Your love for me is beyond question.  For this reason, I need to commit unto you everything I do.  Help me to trust you regardless of what may happen in my life. Amen”

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him.” (Psalm 37:7) “Dear Lord, I often live in anxiety because I don’t place my burdens upon you. I often run ahead of you instead of waiting for your perfect timing. Help me, to trust you enough to allow you to work in and through my life.  In the midst of my busyness, enable me to stop and remember that you are right here with me. Thank you for allowing me to rest in your everlasting arms! Amen”

“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” (Psalm 37:8)  “My Lord, when I face difficult circumstances and people, I can easily become angry.  Usually I keep this anger within, but it does affect me.  It keeps me from pleasing you and ministering to others.  Thank you for your great example on the cross how you forgive those who placed you upon the cross.  Teach me to respond to others with graciousness and love.  Teach me to yield my rights unto you, because my anger is often a warning sign of some right that I haven’t yielded unto you.

“Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.” (Psalm 37:24) “Lord, I have stumbled and even fallen many times in my life; yet, you are always there to pull me up with your loving hand. Help me to never let go of your hand as I walk through this life. Thank you for your great love in watching over me. Amen.”

“And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked,and save them, because they trust in him.” (Psalm 37:40)  “Thank you for the concluding words of this Psalm of comfort and guidance.  Thank you for the times that you have delivered me from myself and others.  Thank you for all that you are, because you are truly worthy of my trust.  I gladly commit my ways to you today. Amen”

P.S. I often write prayers with the verse that I write out in my Journible.  If you are interested in learning more about the Journibles, here is my post about this excellent Bible study tool.

How to Profit More from your Bible Reading-The Journibles

My First “Journible”

How is your Bible reading coming along?  Do you remember what you read yesterday?  Are you reading large sections of scripture, but not getting any new insights?  Is your Bible reading a chore?

We all know the importance of reading our Bibles, but are we using this time profitably?  One day, I was at a Christian book store and I saw a series of books that I  had never seen.   The title of the series was the “The Journibles: 17:18 Series”.  I looked inside and the pages were all blank with just numbers on the page on the right.  “What kind of book is this?”  I asked myself.

I went to the introduction and discovered that “The Journibles: 17:18 Series” comes from Deuteronomy 17:18: “And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:”  The Lord commanded the kings of Israel to write out their own copy of the Word of God.  This enabled them to learn the Word, gain understanding in its truth, and become more sensitive to the will of God.

I thought I would buy one of these books and give it a try.  I bought the book for
1 Timothy thru Hebrews.   The layout of the book is to write out the verse on one side of the page and then on the other side write an observation, prayer or an application.

I now find myself profiting more from my Bible reading.  I am seeing things that I had never seen before because I am taking more time with each verse, and allowing God to speak to me.  As I write down my thoughts, I am actually writing my own personal commentary of the Bible.

This morning, I finished my first “Journible” book.  I am now going to use it for Psalms 1-72!  This series has been the best Bible reading help that I have ever used.  The format is extremely simple.  Who would have thought about writing out the words of scripture in this age where we don’t write anything with paper and ink?

You can find more information on this great series of books at this address:  This web site has a video and other information about this series.   You won’t regret purchasing one of these books.  I am glad that I purchased my first “Journible”.  If you have any comments or questions, please write me a comment.

P.S Here are a couple of sample pages with my notes.  Please excuse my poor penmanship.

This page is for writing out the verses.

This page is for writing out thoughts, prayers or applications.