This is a work in process, so please feel free to comment on verses that you mediate on when you feel stressed or overwhelmed.
As I ponder over these words, there are some overall points that the spirit moves in my heart:
- Be assured that God is with you, expect to be cared for, have an expectation of good.
- When God leads – there is always a way!
- Before we even call he hears us (Isaiah 65:24)!
- God is our refuge and a very present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1)!
Powerful Promises of God when Stressed or Overwhelmed
Exodus 14:13-14 Amplified Bible (AMP)
The Sea Is Divided
13 Then Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid! Take your stand [be firm and confident and undismayed] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for those Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.”
Numbers 14:9 Amplified Bible (AMP)
9 Only do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”
1 Samuel 17:41-49 Amplified Bible (AMP)
41 The Philistine came and approached David, with his shield-bearer in front of him. 42 When the Philistine looked around and saw David, he derided and disparaged him because he was [just] a young man, with a ruddy complexion, and a handsome appearance. 43 The Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with [shepherd’s] staffs?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 The Philistine also said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.” 45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a [a]javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. 46 This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the corpses of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, so that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that this entire assembly may know that the Lord does not save with the sword or with the spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will hand you over to us.”
48 When the Philistine rose and came forward to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 David put his hand into his bag and took out a stone and slung it, and it struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone penetrated his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.
Psalm 23Amplified Bible (AMP)
The Lord, the Psalmist’s Shepherd.
A Psalm of David.
23 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],
I shall not want.2
He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.3
He refreshes and restores my soul (life);
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.4
Even though I walk through the [sunless] [a]valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort andconsole me.5
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You have anointed and refreshed my head with [b]oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the houseand in the presence of the Lord.
Psalm 28:6-9Amplified Bible (AMP)
6 Blessed be the Lord,
Because He has heard the voice of my supplication.
The Lord is my strength and my [impenetrable] shield;
My heart trusts [with unwavering confidence] in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I shall thank Him and praise Him.
The Lord is their [unyielding] strength,
And He is the fortress of salvation to His anointed.
Save Your people and bless Your inheritance;
Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.
Psalm 29:11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
11 The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.
- Orthodox Jewish Bible translates this as follows:
Tehillim 29:11Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)
11 Hashem will give oz (strength) unto His people; Hashem will bless His people with shalom.
- Strong’s Concordance Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Shalom comes from the root verb shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full.
Psalm 46 Amplified Bible (AMP)
God the Refuge of His People.
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah, set to soprano voices. A Song.
46 God is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable],
A very present and well-proved help in trouble.2
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains be shaken and slip into the heart of the seas,3
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains tremble at its roaring. Selah.4
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.5
God is in the midst of her [His city], she will not be moved;
God will help her when the morning dawns.6
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered and were moved;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.7
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold [our refuge, our high tower].Selah.8
Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has wrought desolations and wonders in the earth.9
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow into pieces and snaps the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.10
“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.”11
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold [our refuge, our high tower].Selah.
Psalm 61:1-4 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Confidence in God’s Protection.
To the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.
Hear my cry, O God;
Listen to my prayer.2
From the end of the earth I call to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and weak;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I [a rock that is too high to reach without Your help].3
For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me,
A strong tower against the enemy.4
Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.
Psalm 112:6-8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
6 He will never be shaken;
The righteous will be remembered forever.7
He will not fear bad news;
His heart is steadfast, trusting [confidently relying on and believing] in the Lord.8
His heart is upheld, he will not fear
While he looks [with satisfaction] on his adversaries.