7 Psalms for Surviving Chronic Illness

7 Psalms for Surviving Chronic Illness

During the hardest times of my life, I had trouble consistently reading the Bible and connecting with God.

Have you ever felt that way?

Even though I was a Christian and wanted to honor the Lord with my life, which included being faithful in daily prayer and Bible reading, I found myself feeling distant from God. Whenever brain fog from Lyme Disease and co-infections would come on strongly, I would be faced with a block in my mind. That mental block left me unable to pray or comprehend scripture in the way I desired.

I just didn’t feel connected to God anymore.

In Finding Hope with the Fog (get your copy – it’s free!), I share about the way God met me in one of my weakest moments when I was having a panic attack. He used the Psalms to remind me of how good He is. He showed me that I can always turn to Him in troubled times even if I can’t always feel His presence.

Reading the Psalms is something I now do regularly because I can connect to the emotions of the Psalmists and am always reminded of the bigger picture in our suffering.

It may feel as if God is distant and He doesn’t hear our cries of suffering, but that’s not true. God knows. He loves us and He will respond and be our place of refuge!

As, we are reminded in Psalm 9:10, the Lord has never forsaken those who seek Him!

So, I encourage you, no matter where you are in your journey of chronic illness or regular life weariness, to seek Him.

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I hope these verses from the Psalms will be a good starting point. (All verses are in the NIV translation)

But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the sovereign Lord my refuge. I will tell of all your deeds.

-Psalm 73:28


Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

-Psalm 9:10


Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

-Psalm 62:5


7 Psalms for Surviving Chronic Illness

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.

-Psalm 13:5-6


For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.

-Psalm 22:24


Record my lament; list my tears on your scroll – are they not in your record?

-Psalm 56:8


I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.

-Psalm 116:1-2


Emily Lofgren’s heart beats for authenticity. She craves true connection where we can be real about our struggles and find hope together. Emily became a Christian in college and since then has had a passion for writing in a way that helps others encounter life. Grab your free copy of her eBook Finding Hope Through the Fog.

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22 thoughts on “7 Psalms for Surviving Chronic Illness

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! I have had chronic illness for the last 6 years, one of which is Lyme disease. Thank you for your encouragement, I’m facing some tough health issues again on this roller coaster and about to have surgery. I’m so glad I found this!!

  2. Thanks for letting the Lord use you in such a mighty way. I have been blessed! God Bless You and I Pray for You!

  3. Hello, I have sleep apnea, and wake up many times a night- I find myself weary of always being tired and fatigued. Praying that the Lord to help me with patience. I love,love,love Psalms. Thank you for your site -such a blessing. Aimee

    1. Hi Aimee! Thank you for reading and for sharing with me some of what you go through. Going through health challenges can be incredibly taxing. Keep pressing into the Lord and reading those Psalms! <3

  4. A dear friends daughter is fighting Lyme Disease. My heart aches for the entire family. Trusting in God, faith, daily prayers, sending support, reaching out in anyway no matter how small….It will make a difference on those awful days. I am out here, one of those without this horrible disease, and I pray daily for all of you .

    1. Hi Wynell, I’m sorry to hear about your friend’s daughter’s fight with Lyme! It’s a BIG challenge to endure. I’m so glad to hear that you are supportive of her and of others who are dealing with this. Thank you for your prayers!!

  5. I just stumbled across your blog on Pinterest and love what I’ve seen so far! The Psalms are such an inspiration, and I love that you talk about how they lend perspective to our suffering. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thanks, Emily! It is awesome to share God’s words. It is good to let God’s truth seep into your soul. I thank God for Christ Jesus’ sacrifice for me that I can overcome through Him! His Spirit comforts always, Hallelujah!

  7. Just stumbled upon this post. Thank you for sharing. I have some chronic illnesses as well, and I go back to the Psalms time and time again. There were some on your list I haven’t read in a while that I think I am going to try to memorize. :) I love your blog, BTW. Keep up the great work!

    1. Aww, thank you so much, Ally! I’m sorry you also have some chronic illnesses but I am glad the Psalms are encouraging to you. God’s Word really does provide comfort during our hardest times!

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