Top 7 Bible Verses To Read When You Feel Sad

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Here are 7 of my favorite Bible verses to read when you feel sad about things.  What ones would you suggest?

Psalm 34:17-20 “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.”

Have you ever been like me and broken down and cried out to God in times of great trouble?  Just think about what God says; He is nearer to you then than at other times.  Have you ever felt “crushed in spirit?”  I certainly have and it makes me fall down on my face and cry out to God but what comfort there is in His Word that the Lord hears our cries and will deliver us out of all of our troubles.  I notice that these verses don’t say God will keep us out of all our troubles or have us pass around them or go over them but will deliver us out of them and not only that, He will deliver us out of them all!

Top 7 Bible Verses To Read When You Feel Sad

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

It is frightening not knowing the future and it can be discouraging when things start to pile up on us.  We can become so burdened down with the troubles of the world that we can grow into a deep depression and times of sadness can overwhelm us but Jesus tells us “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt 11:28).  When we are feeling sad we are often not in the Word but when we are in the Word we are often not feeling as sad.  Use God’s Word to lift you up and out from the waves of deep sadness or depression because God’s Word has real power to accomplish what even the best human counselors cannot.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

There is no way that you can be feeling sad when you are giving thanks to God.  When we are rejoicing for all that God has done, we can’t be feeling sad because these two are polar opposites of one another.  Many people that I counsel with that have severe depression, times of sadness, or have a lack of the assurance of their salvation are spending little or no time in the Bible and that’s too bad because it can bring us out of the darkness into the light because “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Rom 10:17).

Isaiah 26:3 “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”

No one can have the peace of God until they are first at peace with God and those who are born again should have this peace (Rom 5:1) because they’re not under condemnation anymore (Rom 8:1).  Whoever has their mind “stayed” on God, He promises to keep them “in perfect peace.”  Why you might ask? It’s because they trust in Him.  Trust or faith is the other end of the spectrum of doubt and fear.  It’s so easy to have times of sadness when we take our minds off of the great and precious promises of God and “he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires” (2 Pet 1:4) and every one of those promises are found as sure in God (2 Cor 1:20).

Deuteronomy 31:8 “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Imagine you are one of the children of Israel and you’re about to cross the River Jordan into the Promised Land and God speaks to you and says that the Lord is going before You, He will be with you, and He will never leave you or forsake you so you have no reason to fear or be dismayed.  What applies to Israel surely applies to the children of God and more.  Yes, this verse’s application is for Israel but would it not be applicable to us today?

Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

How true this is!  God’s peace is not like the definition of peace that the world understands.  This peace surpasses all human understanding because its source is not of human origin and this peace is a tangible peace; that is you can touch it, feel it, and almost taste it. It is a powerful peace that acts to guard our hearts and our minds in Jesus Christ.

John 14: 27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

This reminds me of Deuteronomy 31:8 where God tells Joshua that He will be with you, will not leave you and will not forsake you so we don’t have to be fearful or dismayed because God’s not only going with us, He’s going before us; that means that what’s ahead of us, God has already seen!  Jesus Himself said “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me” (John 14:1).  That is an imperative command.  If we believe in Jesus Who is very God, then our hearts shouldn’t be troubled.

Final Thoughts

If you are in a state of sadness and remain there for a long period of time, I suggest you see your doctor.  It could be signs of clinical depression.  Waves of sadness hit all of us from time to time and it’s not unusual to go through what I call the “dark nights of the soul” but there is a problem if we remain there on a permanent basis.  Clinical depression is treatable and it could be a simple brain chemical imbalance and don’t ever think it’s a lack of faith to go and see a doctor.  May I also suggest that when you’re really sad, you get into the Psalms?  Read Psalm 23, 37 or 103 for example and see just how faithful God is to those who have faith in Him.  God doesn’t want you to remain in a state of sadness but to have joy for the “joy of the Lord is” your “strength” (Psalm 28:7).  Don’t we have every reason to be joyful?  We have God’s wrath removed from us because it was placed on Christ.  We have been born again to new hope and are headed for a new home (Rev 22) and we have a glorious future that today we can’t even imagine (Rom 8:18). When we see things from God’s perspective, and that comes from abiding in God’s Word, we’ll feel less like being sad.  A great way to get rid of your sadness is to make out a list of things you’ve been blessed with.  Write out a list of every blessing you can think of and start praising and thanking God for all the many blessings He’s already given you and those He’s promised for eternity (John 3:16).  It’s really hard to be sad when you are being thankful.

Here is something else that might interest you: Bible Verses for Hard Times

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Eugenia Paje May 15, 2016 at 5:04 am

Thank you very much for this article. My strength is renewed and feel the joy again of my salvation. God bless.


Jack Wellman July 21, 2016 at 7:38 pm

Thank you for your kind words. Glory to God for His Word comforts us when we are down.


Naomi May 25, 2016 at 4:56 pm

Thank you very much for this information. May the lord heal myself and others who are continuously dealing with multiple trials and tribulations of this world! God Bless…


Jack Wellman July 21, 2016 at 7:39 pm

Thank you for your kind words Naomi. Glory to God for His Word comforts us when we are down.


Diane Knowlton July 21, 2016 at 7:11 pm

Thank you, Mr. Wellman, dearest brother in Christ. Very poignant and flowing into peace.


Jack Wellman July 21, 2016 at 7:35 pm

You are very welcome Mrs. Knowlton. Thank you for your kind words. Glory to God for His Word comforts us in times of sadness.


grace July 25, 2016 at 1:25 am

Thank you for your article reminding of God’s Word and Truth …Absolutely God is Totally Trustworthy and Radically Reliable and Completely Countable! Praise Jesus forever and ever hallelujah!

It becomes most trying when family and all other horizontal human relationships get on the negative…it produces depression and sadness!

Vertical relationship= intimate personal love relationship with Jesus is the Ultimate Best…and of Utmost importance as it is of Eternal Value !


Marketta Smith November 16, 2016 at 11:34 am

I love the Lord


Kay January 12, 2017 at 12:54 am

Your article uplifted me and reminded me where to focus as I go through one of those dark nights of the soul. It is so true that immersing oneself in the Word helps avert the way the world can make us sad. Need to get back to being diligent. Loved your verse selection. Thank you.


Lorena gomez April 28, 2017 at 12:21 pm

Thank you to my daughter she sent me this scripture to read and makes me feel that I’m not alone the way I feel


Simone August 28, 2017 at 6:45 pm

Thank you so much for this! I was feeling down and out the last few days and after reading this my faith is renewed. Laying all my burdens upon the lord. Feeling hopeful. Please pray for me.


Rose September 19, 2017 at 10:01 am

God bless you for this. I was at the verge of ending my life and that of my one week old baby before I read this. Depression, betrayal by people you love and trusted hit me really bad. The Bible verses I have saved and will read them from time to time trusting God for perfect peace in my life soonest. Amen


Anna September 30, 2017 at 11:17 pm

I have a grandson who has autism. I am raising him because his mother doesn’t want him and his father who is my son is not in a position to have him due to choices that are not good. I have an extremely hard time with this boy as I think his parents should get it together and raise this boy. I have no patience and don’t really want to raise him. I already have another grandchild that I am raising from birth. She is five now and my grandson is 6. My youngest is 16. I don’t know what is wrong with me, I pray that God gives me love for this child who has autism and I am continually asking for forgiveness because there are days I feel like I can’t handle him. I sometimes wish I could find him a home where he is wanted and loved. It truly feels like a circle that never ends. This is my 5th time in taking this boy in. I am a born again Christian but in this I know I don’t act like one and it bothers me tremendously.


Jack Wellman October 1, 2017 at 8:26 am

Hello Anna. You are in a very difficult place my friend, but you being his grandparent is a lifeline for this boy. There is nothing wrong with you, because anyone in your place would find it impossible to do what you are doing and you are serving and loving those who no one else would and that means what you do for the least of these in this world, you are doing unto Christ. I would call your pastor to see what he says and perhaps ask your church to pray for you as we need one another (Heb 10:24-25).


Anna October 1, 2017 at 8:37 am

I never thought of myself of a lifeline for him. Or serving the least. I will talk to my pastor. Last night I felt very sad and I found your website. Thank you.


Jack Wellman October 1, 2017 at 8:41 am

My prayer is for you Anna. What you are doing is just what Jesus would do when no one else would. THat makes you very special in my eyes, but more importantly, God’s eyes.


Y Govender January 10, 2018 at 2:14 am

Thank you for a beautiful, enriching and ever so inspiring write!


Frank November 6, 2018 at 8:40 am

Thank you very much servant of the most high God. I am now empowered with the word of God which according to Hebrews I sharper than a double edged sword that it can divide souls. I now am armed to can face Goliath who always is against us as children of God. I know he is only defeated by the name of the Lord of hosts. May the Lord bless your work for his kingdom.


Clair January 2, 2019 at 6:50 pm

This article popped out at me, I believe God ordained it that way. Thankyou for spreading God’s powerful word, it’s so very necessary.


Sabena Nadar January 9, 2019 at 2:07 am

Thank you very much for this. God bless you


Jen January 10, 2020 at 10:48 am

I am usually not a sad person, but lots of changes are going on right now. I was just overcome with a feeling of sadness and being alone, and even judged. I don’t know why. I do know that the versus you listed definitely helped me pass through that darkness. Thank you. I know He will never leave me alone. I feel encouraged and very blessed now. 🙂


Jack Wellman January 10, 2020 at 10:57 am

Hello Jen. You are so encouraging my friend. Thank you.


Joyce Raj March 11, 2020 at 10:08 pm

Thank you for your encouraging msg. I was feeling very sad I dont know the reason.


Slarkel April 13, 2020 at 3:49 pm

It also says in the word that sadness is better than happiness, in the Old Testament though. It is impossible for us to never cry and not be sad. What do I deserve? I don’t deserve the mercy of Jesus, but he saved me anyway. Sadness is not a bad thing, it can help patch us up. And just because someone is sad, doesn’t mean it’s depression. Depression has nothing to do with a brain, I don’t believe in Chemistry.


Jack Wellman April 14, 2020 at 10:03 am

It’s true that someone feeling sad may not be despression, but if it lasts for a long period, you or they should see a doctor. Many mental illnesses can be treated and managed, so whether you believe in depression has anything to do with the brain doesn’t matter…depression is real. And the brain has much to do with depression bcause there could be a simple chemical imbalance. Please study this better before making judgments on those who are mentally ill or suffering from depression. It’s very real to them.


Precious April 15, 2020 at 2:53 pm

I was always praying to God to end my life because the embarrassment and disgrace was too much . I felt I was lonely and empty . At a point I never feared to die …I saw this site and it has helped a lot ..


Jack Wellman April 15, 2020 at 3:34 pm

This is so good to hear Precious. Prayers for you my friend.


Martin June 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Thank you. Wow I was feeling so sad tell i read this. With so much sickness in the world. Riots in the streets. Compounded by
my own personal problems fighting the urges of saying sober from alcohol everyday. Now i know with GOD by my side. And all the things Im bless with there is no reason for me to be depressed. I everything i need GOD. food and home wife and kids. Bless you


Jack Wellman June 17, 2020 at 12:47 pm

How encouraging Martin. Thank you sir. So glad for God’s blessing on you and your family.


Olamide July 25, 2020 at 6:41 am

Thank yo for this article! I wrote out a list of things I am thankful to God for, and I am feeling much better now. I bless God for this relief.


Peggy Thompson July 28, 2020 at 9:42 pm

I thank God for the message that I read I was feeling very depressed I feeling good now that I’m not along and God will see me though it all just be prayfull and trust in God. God bless and keep you. Peggy Thompson


Lesiba April 23, 2021 at 12:57 am

I read all the comments and articles and I felt uplifted and may you all stay blessed and help others who are feeling down and out


Jeanne June 15, 2021 at 5:29 pm

God bless the writer of this article, it’s been very helpful! I read the scriptures Psalms 23,37 and 103 and I must say am feeling relieved and better now….to the GLORY OF GOD THE FATHER,GOD THE SON AND GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT.


Jack Wellman June 16, 2021 at 8:01 am

Thank you Jeanne for your kind words.


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