I find solace in reading the Bible, particularly when I feel like I need to reconcile with God. Whenever I need guidance on journeying toward reconciliation with the Lord, I often turn to the Book of Psalms, where the word echoes with wisdom and reassurance.
Because of this, I’ve become quite familiar with verses in the book of Psalms that speak about reconciliation with God. Last weekend, one of the members of our church asked for my opinion on the best Psalms to pray to reconcile with God.
Owing to my background in theology and my familiarity with the topic, I was overjoyed to share my sentiments with them. I was inspired to share this article with a broader audience in case anyone has the same thoughts.
6 Psalms to read for reconciliation
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”
David asks God for forgiveness after committing adultery with Bathsheba. He is remorseful and asks God to purify him from his sin.
You can use this as a prayer for reconciliation with the Lord after sinning against Him.
PSALM 86 vs 5
“Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.”
David proclaims that the Lord is ready to forgive and is ready to help whoever is in need of help. This verse paints the picture of a loving and forgiving God.
It encourages us to seek forgiveness and reconcile with the Lord.
“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
In this chapter, David praises the Lord for the good things He has done. Among these good things is the fact that the Lord casts away our sins as far from us as the East is from the West.
We are promised that the Lord forgives our sins and grants us salvation.
PSALM 85 vs 4-11
“You, Lord, showed favor to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins. You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger.”
The Psalmists ask God to put aside His anger toward them and restore them. They cry to the Lord, asking Him to show them love and grant them salvation.
Whenever you feel like the Lord is angry with you, pray this prayer to reconcile with Him.
PSALM 25 vs 7
“In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.”
A Psalm of David asking the Lord not to remember his rebellious sins but to remember him in the light of His love. Pray this prayer to ask God to forgive your sins and to offer you a clean slate.
“Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.”
The Psalmist knows that the Lord does not keep a record of our sins and declares that the Lord offers forgiveness so that we may learn to fear Him.
Here, the Bible tells us that the Lord will redeem us from all kinds of sin; we only need to trust him.
What does the book of Psalms say about reconciliation?
Some theologians propose that in the book of Psalms, reconciliation is rooted in God’s radical grace and his willingness to forgive us.
They use Psalm 130 to support their statement because, in this chapter, the Bible assures us that the Lord does not keep a record of our sins.
The Psalmist is sure this is true because if the Lord kept records of all wrong deeds we committed, nobody would survive.
Still, in this verse, the Psalmist proclaims that the Lord offers forgiveness to us so that we may learn to fear him. We are assured that the Lord himself will redeem us from all kinds of sin.
How to use Psalms to pray to reconcile with God?
Many Christians believe that the first step in using the psalms to pray to reconcile with God is openly confessing your sins to God and declaring your trust in Him.
They base this belief on Psalm 32, where David expresses the joy he experienced after confessing his sins and compared it to the agony he felt before when he had refused to confess his sins.
The next step is asking the Lord for forgiveness, as shown in Psalm 25, where David asks the Lord for forgiveness several times and asks Him not to remember His sins.
Lastly, try not to return to your sinful ways because it is written in Psalm 5 vs. 4 that the Lord cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked, and in Psalms 89 vs. 14 that, the foundations of the Lord’s throne are justice and righteousness.
Can you pray these Psalms for someone else?
Some theologians argue that Psalms are very personal prayers as most of them are David’s individual prayers to God. They say forgiveness of sins and reconciliation with God are personal matters between us as individuals and God.
It may be difficult to confess another person’s sins to God on their behalf because we may not fully understand the depth of their sins.
As a Christian, I have always been passionate about sharing God’s word with young people. This inspired me to pursue a Certificate in Christian Education, an Undergraduate degree in Religious Studies, and a Graduate degree in Theology. My knowledge in school and experience from dealing with the youth made me an expert at discussing Christian-related topics. I feel privileged working as the Coordinator of the Christian Youth Ministry at Christian Faith Guide. You can read more about me on the about us page.