There are times in my life when loneliness creeps in, and I usually find solace in the Bible, especially Psalm.
As a theologian, I typically conduct weekly bible studies online; in one of my sessions, I discussed with the members how to use the scriptures to overcome loneliness.
At the session, one of the members asked me to tell them the best Psalms to read when feeling lonely. I gave them a detailed list, and afterward, I wrote this article to help anyone in a similar situation.
5 Best Psalms to Read When You Feel Lonely
“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins. See how numerous are my enemies and how fiercely they hate me!”
David expresses how he feels lonely and afflicted, and he prays to God and asks that he stay with him and free him from any anguish and affliction he may have.
At his loneliest moments, he asks God to look to him and be gracious to him. The Psalm shows that when we feel lonely, we can ask God to relieve us from any trouble and anguish.
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
The psalmist clearly expresses how, in the darkest times, when there is no hope, he has God on his side who will always guide and lead him.
The psalmist describes God as his rod and staff, which gives him comfort.
This Psalm is good to read when feeling lonely because you know that God is always there to comfort you in the darkest times when you are lonely.
“Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.”
In this Psalm, David expresses that even though his mother and father forsake him, he is confident and assured that God will not abandon him but take care of him.
Such a Psalm is for anyone who feels lonely when abandoned, and it assures them that they are never alone because God is there for them.
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.”
The psalmist here shows God in a compassionate and loving nature.
He describes God as someone who does not abandon people who lack a close family connection, like orphans, widows, or those imprisoned, by promising to give them their families.
The Psalm assures these types of lonely people that they can have a close connection and never be lonely through God.
“Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. I cry to you, Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”
David laments in this Psalm because he feels lonely with no one at his side. However, he also realizes that God is by his side and God is his refuge.
The Psalm is a good read for when anyone feels like no one is supporting them and they feel abandoned and alone. The Psalm seeks to assure us that God will always be there to rescue us.
How do you use the Psalms to pray against loneliness?
David from the Bible is known to have used the same way by crying out to God, as seen in the Psalms. Moreover, as Psalm is in the Bible, you can meditate upon each Psalm you read to get an understanding.
Can you read these Psalms even when you don’t feel lonely?
Yes, you can read Psalms even when you don’t feel lonely. You can read Psalms when facing different emotions because the book conveys various feelings.
Therefore, you can read it even when you are not lonely. For instance, in Psalms, psalmists like David expressed his love for God, pain, trust, troubles, and other emotions he had.
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