10 Psalms to Remind You of God’s Protection
1. Psalm 18:2-3
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.
Here, it is notable that though in the context of the verse, the enemies are human, this can just as well refer to the enemies of the soul, be they sin or forces of evil. The Lord is like a rock, strong, steady, and unyielding.
He is like a fortress, something much larger than those who take refuge within. He is a shield against the fiery arrows of the enemy (Ephesians 6:16), and a “horn” in Hebrew poetry symbolizes strength. God is our strength.
2. Psalm 18:16-19
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
Note here why the Lord rescued the psalmist: “because he delighted in me.” The Lord delights in us and rescues us through His great love. Not only is He powerful, but He is loving.
3. Psalm 23:1-4
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
Sheep are rather unintelligent creatures, and they don’t exactly have teeth or claws to defend themselves. Thus, in ancient Israel, sheep’s survival was dependent on the goodness and care of the shepherd to find food and water and be protected from danger.
David, when writing this psalm, was no doubt thinking of his own time as a shepherd. Unlike David, who may have made mistakes, God is the perfect shepherd, perfectly caring for our needs.
4. Psalm 40:1-3
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.
In this psalm, the psalmist had to wait for the Lord; deliverance did not come immediately. However, the image of the Lord rescuing the psalmist from mire—uncertain, uneven footing—and placing him on the solid footing of a rock gives us insight into what it looks like when we turn from relying on the world or our own power to relying on God and His Word.
The psalmist also claims, “Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him” (Psalm 40:3). He recognizes that through his struggle, the glory of God is shown to others.
5. Psalm 46:1-2
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.
Sometimes it may feel like God is distant, but this psalm makes clear that God is always present.
6. Psalm 55:16-17
As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.
No matter how often we cry out to the Lord, even morning, noon, and night, He is still there.
7. Psalm 91:4
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
We’ve discussed God as a shield and as a fortress—a rampart is part of a fortress—but this image of covering us with his feathers, like a mother hen with her chicks, reminds us of God’s tender love.
8. Psalm 116:3-9
The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: ‘Lord, save me!’ The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
Sometimes when we’re afraid, it’s helpful to remember all the times the Lord has saved us in the past. In this passage, the psalmist reminds himself, “Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.”
9. Psalm 121:1-8
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Not only can it be helpful to remember when the Lord has protected us in the past, but also to remember who He is. He is the maker of heaven and earth, an infinite being with no need of sleep. If He loves us, what have we to fear?
10. Psalm 138:3, Psalm 138:7
When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me…Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me.
When we call, He answers. Even when trouble surrounds us and there seems to be no way out, He is capable of keeping us safe. When Daniel was in the lions’ den (Daniel 6) and when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were tossed into the blazing furnace (Daniel 3), the Lord preserved their lives.
The Lord is capable of great and mighty miracles, and we should not be afraid to pray boldly (James 1:6).