9 Psalms to read for Autumn (Psalms prayers for a new season)

The Summer of 2023 was marked by floods, forest fires, and a threat of global recession. As such, I decided to compile and share the best Psalms to offer hope with my Bible Study group.

I also used my theological background to help our members pray through these Psalms. Our sessions inspired me to share these Psalms with you.

9 Psalms to read for Autumn

Psalm 1:3

“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”

David compares the faithful and blessed person to a tree planted by a river whose leaves don’t wither. This Psalm echoes God’s promise of spiritual vitality to those who abide in Him.

Psalm 8:3-4

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?”

The Psalmist marvels at God’s concern for humanity in light of the vastness and majesty of the Universe. This Psalm reminds you that God cares about you.

It restores hope by reminding you in the new season that God loves you.

Psalm 24:1

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”

David declares God’s ownership and sovereignty over the Earth. This restores the sense of awe at God’s majesty over the Earth. It moves you to worship God at the start of the new season.

Psalm 27:14

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

The Psalmist encourages you to wait on the Lord. This Psalm encourages you if you’re enduring suffering. It reminds you that God cares for you and will help you through your struggles.

Psalm 32:8

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”

God promises to teach and instruct the Psalmist in righteousness. This Psalm encourages you to pray for wisdom at the start of Autumn.

It reminds you to rely on God, the source of all knowledge.

Psalm 55:22

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

David challenges you to cast your cares on the Lord, promising He will sustain you. This Psalm is perfect if you’re fearful of what lies ahead. It encourages you to trust God amid the fear and anxiety because He cares for you.

Psalm 61:2

“From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

The Psalmist prays for strength when he feels weak. The Psalm encourages you to rely on God for strength and sustenance.

Psalm 107:1

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

The Psalmist calls you to give thanks and praise God. This Psalm is perfect at the start of Autumn; it reminds you to thank God for what He’s done as you look forward to what He will do.

Psalm 126:5-6

“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.”

God promises to restore joy to those who weep. This Psalm is perfect if you’ve been struggling. It encourages you to wait for God’s restoration.

How to use Psalms to pray for the new season

The Principles of Lectio Divina can help you use the Psalms to pray for the new season. You can use a lectionary or devotional to offer structure when praying during the season.

Start by selecting a Psalm. Read it slowly and meditate on what it says. Respond to its words in prayer. You can incorporate the Psalms into your prayers.

Finally, silently contemplate what God has done for you and let the Psalms minister to your heart.

Can you read these Psalms throughout the autumn season?

Psalms to read for Autumn
Psalms throughout the autumn season. Image source: Pixabay

Yes. As mentioned, you can rely on a lectionary or devotional to give you structure when reading these Psalms during the Autumn season.

These Psalms can help you grow your faith as you contemplate God’s goodness.

Can you read these Psalms for other seasons?

Yes. You can read these Psalms in other seasons. The Psalms reflect the emotions and experiences of the writers. As such, you can personalize and apply them to your life in any season.

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