I grew up around a very hardworking mother who always used bible verses, particularly from the book of Psalms, to remind me that I must work hard.
I have lived to read these verses through theology school and my current career to remind myself about what God says about hard work and determination.
I have even passed this culture to my kids to show them that the Bible encourages us to work so that God can bless the work of our hands.
If you would like to know some of the best Psalms to read about working and being determined, then this article is for you.
5 Psalms to read about work
“You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.”
This verse says you will only eat from what you worked so hard on. Also, it says that when you work hard, you will receive blessings and prosper.
Therefore, you can read this verse whenever you need motivation to keep working hard because it assures you that you will prosper.
“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.”
In this verse, David asks God to establish the work of his hands and his people’s hands. You can read this verse whenever you are working hard and you want God to bless the work of your hands.
“In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves.”
This verse talks about how useless it is to work hard and not depend on God. It says that God grants sleep to the people he loves while you work too hard, yet you don’t depend on him.
This verse should remind you always to seek God and involve him in your hard work.
“Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever.”
In this verse, David praises God for His good work and his righteousness. This verse should be a reminder that God is a worker and His works are beautiful; therefore, you can read this verse when you need to be reminded to give your all at work so that the results are beautiful.
“You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it.”
This verse is a description of how God continues to work to date to sustain his creation. He takes care of the land, water, vegetation, and the creation.
Therefore, you can read this verse and use it as motivation for you to keep working.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.”
In this verse, David says that God is his shepherd. This can be connected to work in the sense that just like a shepherd watches over his sheep, God is watching you at work.
Therefore, you can read this verse if you need assurance that God is present in your work struggles and He will help you.
“he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.”
This verse is a reminder that God leads His people to the right path. It also emphasizes that God is present in your work and will lead you.
Also, other believers interpret this verse to mean that sometimes you need to view your work from God’s perspective, and you will find that it fulfills your purpose in this world.
What does the book of Psalms say about hard work and dedication?
Psalms 128:2 talks about the fruits of labor. It encourages believers to work hard because they will be blessed and prosper when they work hard.
Knowing that God notices your hard work and will reward you makes you work hard.
What is the best time to read these Psalms?
Different believers suggest that there is no specific time you can read the book of Psalms because you can read it at any time; it depends on your needs.
They believe that if you need to read about work so that you get motivated, you can read the verses anytime you feel unmotivated.
Also, they suggest that you need to remind yourself that God needs to establish the work of your hands; therefore, reading that specific verse before going to work is a great idea.
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