There are seasons of life that leave us broken, hurting, and longing for hope. While it’s not always our first response, these Bible verses on hope can anchor our weary soul in times of turmoil and distress.
Yes, God’s Word is the only true source of hope and can fill us with joy, even in the depths of despair.
May these truths help you find hope in God and learn how to use Scripture to cling to truth in seasons of hardship.
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How to hope in God no matter what comes your way
Believe God’s Word
When hardship comes your way, believe that God is your true source of hope and walks with you in your suffering.
As you sit in the thicket of a trial, it’s easy to forget who we are really at war with. The enemy comes to destroy lives, wreck havoc on your faith, and confuse God’s children.
Yet, the Bible reminds us God is faithful to journey with us in seasons of suffering and longs to hear the cries of His children.
Therefore, use this opportunity to trust that God is working and has a plan. Trust that the King of Kings is making a way for you and walks with you in your hardship.
As He’s shown throughout Scripture, God is faithful to His children and listens to their cries for help. No matter what comes your way, He’s with you.
Renew your mind with God’s Word
God has already overcome the darkness and when we renew our mind with His Word, we’re taking practical steps to guarding our heart against discouragement and discontent.
Remind yourself of God’s faithfulness by regularly reading Scriptures, such as these Bible verses on hope below. When we read Scripture, the hope of God starts to take root in our soul.
Then, when we’re faced with trials, we can reflect on Scripture and find hope in God despite our bleak circumstances. The Bible is a safe place to rest and revive your weary spirit no matter what you face.
Become a prayer warrior
Use this season of hardship to stay connected to God in a position of prayer.
As you pray, pour out your sorrows to the Lord and trust that He cares for you more than you can ever imagine. Trust that as you pray war room prayers, God is already working on your behalf.
Consider the following forms of prayer as you pour out your heart to Him:
- Journaling: Start a prayer journal to confess your brokenness and sorrows before the Lord. God is mighty and can take your cries for help and groans of agony. Then, once this storm has passed, your journal will help you remember of God’s strength during this season of hardship.
- Pray Scripture: pray God’s Word back to Him as you confidently trust He’s working.
- Take a prayer walk: when your family or family members are in crisis, consider taking a prayer walk through your home. Pray over your home and each family member and trust God as He works on your behalf.
- Praise the Lord: When life feels impossible and we’re wrestling with our circumstances, praising God will point you to hope. Even if it feels unnatural, I love to whisper quietly to myself, ” I praise you, Lord, for ….” and start naming the reasons I am thankful for God’s steadfast character. This quickly reminds me of all the reasons I have to hope, and takes my eyes off my own issues. This has been something I practice for years and has brought me comfort and hope no matter what I face.
As you press into the Lord for strength and hope, believe the Lord can shoulder your burdens and is faithful to hear the cries of His children.
60 Bible verses on hope
Psalms is considered one of the most read books in the Bible, and rightfully so. It is filled with poems, hymns, and prayers that have helped countless men and women get through life. The same is true for you and me today. Below you’ll find 60 Psalms on hope, strength, and comfort followed by how to practically put them to use in your life.
Be sure to read each Psalm in entirety for maximum impact. In most cases, I’ve listed just a portion of the verse, but reading the whole chapter is powerful and will help you meditate on God’s Word all day long.
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer! Psalm 4:1
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:11-12
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O Lord—how long? Psalm 6:2-3
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:1
But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me. Psalm 13:5-6
He who does these things shall never be moved. Psalm 15:5
Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.” Psalm 16:1
As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness. Psalm 17:15
I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:1-3
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. Psalm 19:7-9
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3
Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Psalm 25: 4-5
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? Psalm 27:1
Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. Psalm 28:6-7
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! Psalm 29:10-11
Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33: 20-22
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Psalm 34:8
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? Psalm 42:1-2
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Psalm 46:1-3
Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm! Psalm 47:6-7
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. Psalm 57:1
For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. Psalm 62:1-2
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you, Psalm 63:1
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Psalm 67:1-3
Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come;
you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. Psalm 71:3
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.
You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph. Psalm 77:11-15
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. Psalm 86:5-7
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. Psalm 92:1-4
The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting. Psalm 93:1-2
Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Psalm 96:1-2
Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Psalm 98:1-3
The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.
Let them praise your great and awesome name! Holy is he! Psalm 99:1-3
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:5
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Psalm 103:1
Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent. He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind; he makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire. Psalm 104:1-4
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Psalm 108:3-4
Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. Psalm 111:3-4
Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised! Psalm 113:2-3
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return, O my soul, to your rest;
for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. Psalm 116:5-7
Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!
Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Psalm 118: 5-6
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. Psalm 119:15-16
Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes and I will keep it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. Psalm 119: 33-35
Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction Psalm 119:49-50
Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant.
Let your mercy come to me, that I may live; Psalm 119:76-77
Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. Psalm 119:89-90
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word. Psalm 119:114
But you are near, O Lord, and all your commandments are true. Long have I known from your testimonies that you have founded them forever. Psalm 119:151-152
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. Psalm 130:5-6
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; Psalm 136:1-3
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. Psalm 138:8
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. Psalm 139:17-18
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18
The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. Psalm 146:8
He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. Psalm 147:3-5
Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and maidens together, old men and children! Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven. He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints,
for the people of Israel who are near to him. Praise the Lord! Psalm 148:11-14
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Psalm 150:6
How to use these Scriptures of hope
As you seek the Lord for hope and joy, don’t miss the practical ways to make the most of these Scriptures.
First, download out these Scriptures of hope here and keep them by your Bible or in your planner.
Then, read one passage a day and read it twice for maximum understanding and to help you dissect the Scripture.
Consider using the SOAP Bible study method as you read each verse:
- Scripture – read the Scripture twice.
- Observation – take notes on what do you observe about the text, the word choice, synonyms, etc…
- Application – look for ways to apply it to your life, notice what you learn about God’s character, or what commands God has given you to do.
- Prayer – pray.
You could also use a Bible study method template to help you go deeper in God’s Word, such as a verse study or verse mapping. Enhance your time with the Lord by reflecting on Scripture throughout the day and pray it back to God.
When you find yourself going through a season of hardship, these Bible verses on hope will keep you encouraged. Always remember that God is faithful and He will never leave you nor forsake you.