Quiet Places

Feeding an empty soul — depression, discouragement, doubt, despair, disappointment, disillusionment





  • I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
        and he turned to me and heard my cry.
    He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
        out of the mud and the mire.
    He set my feet on solid ground
        and steadied me as I walked along.
    He has given me a new song to sing,
        a hymn of praise to our God.
    Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
        They will put their trust in the Lord.

    11 Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me.
        Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me.
    12 For troubles surround me—
        too many to count!
    My sins pile up so high
        I can’t see my way out.
    They outnumber the hairs on my head.
        I have lost all courage.
    13 Please, Lord, rescue me!
        Come quickly, Lord, and help me.

    16 But may all who search for you
        be filled with joy and gladness in you.
    May those who love your salvation
        repeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!”
    17 As for me, since I am poor and needy,
        let the Lord keep me in his thoughts.
    You are my helper and my savior.
        O my God, do not delay.
    — from Psalm 40
  • As the deer longs for streams of water,
        so I long for you, O God.
    I thirst for God, the living God.
        When can I go and stand before him?
    Day and night I have only tears for food,
        while my enemies continually taunt me, saying,
        “Where is this God of yours?”
    My heart is breaking
        as I remember how it used to be:
    I walked among the crowds of worshipers,
        leading a great procession to the house of God,
    singing for joy and giving thanks
        amid the sound of a great celebration!
    Why am I discouraged?
        Why is my heart so sad?
    I will put my hope in God!
        I will praise him again—
        my Savior and my God!
    Now I am deeply discouraged,
        but I will remember you—
    even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan,
        from the land of Mount Mizar.
    I hear the tumult of the raging seas
        as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.
    But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me,
        and through each night I sing his songs,
        praying to God who gives me life.
    “O God my rock,” I cry,
        “Why have you forgotten me?
    Why must I wander around in grief,
        oppressed by my enemies?”
    10 Their taunts break my bones.
        They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?”
    11 Why am I discouraged?
        Why is my heart so sad?
    I will put my hope in God!
        I will praise him again—
        my Savior and my God!
    Psalm 42
  • Save me, O God,
        for the floodwaters are up to my neck.
    Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire;
        I can’t find a foothold.
    I am in deep water,
        and the floods overwhelm me.
    I am exhausted from crying for help;
        my throat is parched.
    My eyes are swollen with weeping,
        waiting for my God to help me.
    5 O God, you know how foolish I am;
        my sins cannot be hidden from you.
    Don’t let those who trust in you be ashamed because of me,
        O Sovereign Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
    Don’t let me cause them to be humiliated,
        O God of Israel.
    For I endure insults for your sake;
        humiliation is written all over my face.
    Even my own brothers pretend they don’t know me;
        they treat me like a stranger.

    13 But I keep praying to you, Lord,
        hoping this time you will show me favor.
    In your unfailing love, O God,
        answer my prayer with your sure salvation.
    14 Rescue me from the mud;
        don’t let me sink any deeper!
    Save me from those who hate me,
        and pull me from these deep waters.
    15 Don’t let the floods overwhelm me,
        or the deep waters swallow me,
        or the pit of death devour me.
    16 Answer my prayers, O Lord,
        for your unfailing love is wonderful.
    Take care of me,
        for your mercy is so plentiful.
    17 Don’t hide from your servant;
        answer me quickly, for I am in deep trouble!
    18 Come and redeem me;
        free me from my enemies.
    19 You know of my shame, scorn, and disgrace.
        You see all that my enemies are doing.

    29 I am suffering and in pain.
        Rescue me, O God, by your saving power.
    30 Then I will praise God’s name with singing,
        and I will honor him with thanksgiving.
    31 For this will please the Lord more than sacrificing cattle,
        more than presenting a bull with its horns and hooves.
    32 The humble will see their God at work and be glad.
        Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.
    33 For the Lord hears the cries of the needy;
        he does not despise his imprisoned people.
    34 Praise him, O heaven and earth,
        the seas and all that move in them.
    35 For God will save Jerusalem[d]
        and rebuild the towns of Judah.
    His people will live there
        and settle in their own land.
    36 The descendants of those who obey him will inherit the land,
        and those who love him will live there in safety.
    — from Psalm 69