This is the post I promised about verses and songs to fight anxiety. This might be slightly long, but I make no apologies. 😉 I do however want to stress that the commentary on said verses are all solely my opinion and what I get out of each verse. Also, this is nowhere near an exhaustive list. I hope that these verses and songs are a help to anyone else who, like me, must face this challenge on a daily basis.
I opted to put the verses in the order in which they appear in the scripture, simply because if you decide to look them up for yourself it will be easier to find them all if they were in that order.
Bible Verses for times of anxiety and fear
Exodus 14:14 “The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
What could be cooler than knowing the LORD, the God of all creation, is fighting for us? What could be more comforting than knowing that He will protect us if we turn our worries and our fears over to Him? He can and will do it all, if we let Him. All we have to do is be still.
Psalm 118:5-8 “Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.”
“better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.” Admittedly that’s harder for me. It’s easier to trust the people around me that I can see, touch, and hold a conversation with. It’s hard to trust in God when you can’t see Him. But it’s also amazing to realize that He did set us free. He set us free from sin, so why can we be so unwilling to let Him set us free from fear? I like to hang on to my worries; somehow it helps me feel in control. But I have to realize that I was never in control anyway.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
How easy is it to take our life into our own hands when we don’t understand what’s happening? We act like Sarah, trying to force God’s hand, when we need only be patient for a little while longer. If we recognize and acknowledge that Christ is in charge, He will make clear His plan for us.
Isaiah 41:10 “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
I stumbled upon this a couple of weeks ago and really like it. It’s amazing that He tells us to “fear not”. God doesn’t want us to be afraid; He wants us to take our fears to Him. He will give us strength to face them, but He will also hold us in the palm of His hand, protecting us from the works of the devil who lives to make us stumble.
Jeremiah 32:27 “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?”
What is too hard for God? Can you tell me one thing that is too hard for Him? This one is hard for me to wrap my mind around because currently I find myself watching a situation unfold and wondering if He is strong enough because the whole thing just seems like the most hopeless situation that I’ve ever encountered. Yet at the same time, I know that there is nothing that is too hard for Him. That in His time, the reason for this will make itself known.
Lamentations 3:21-24 “But this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
If I hadn’t put the verses in the order I did, this would have been where I started. When I am in the midst of panic, feeling like there is nothing I can do to stop it, I call to mind the fact that His love never stops. His love for me is not on hold because of my momentary panic. His faithfulness is new every morning, every. single. day. He is faithful to be our rock in times of trouble.
Matthew 6:25-34 ““Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothed the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
I think that this passage is very self-explanatory. God cares so much for us that He will always provide us with what He knows we need right at that very moment. Be it courage/strength/comfort, or money/food/shelter.
Philippians 4:6-7 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanks giving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Him Who strengthens me.”
DO NOT BE ANXIOUS. Take your requests to God. Talk to Him, and don’t be afraid to be honest. Tell Him how you feel, tell Him if you are upset, sad, or just mad! You’ll feel better because you’ve taken it to Him. He will give you the peace that you need if only you ask and belive. You can do anything when you have Him on your side.
Now, onto the music 🙂
I have broken this list of songs up into three categories. 1) Songs For Attacks, 2) Songs For Times Of Anxiousness, and 3) Songs For When You Are Upset Or Discouraged.
Songs for Attacks:
Songs for attacks are the songs that I have found the most helpful with calming myself down OR FOCUSING MY THOUGHTS ELSEWHERE when I am in the midst of panic. I would suggest swapping them out whenever possible,depending on what you need each unique time. Because sometimes listening to them when you have blasted them during other attacks can be counterintuitive.
Steady My Heart (Kari Jobe)
Press On (Mandisa)
Need You Now (Plumb)
5 Minutes At a Time (Superchick)
Songs for times of anxiousness:
Songs for when you are anxious, are specifically for the times when you feel scared but you are not in the midst of an attack. They work wonders for me when I just feel on edge because most of them help me to calm down or focus my thoughts elsewhere.
Steady My Heart (Kari Jobe)
Take My Hand (Lindsey McCall)
What I Know (Tricia)
Constant (Francesca Battistelli)
Don’t Miss It (same)
Strangely Dim (same)
Giants Fall (same)
Find Rest (same)
Run to Jesus (same)
Control (JJ Heller)
Save Me (same)
Keep You Safe (same)
Strong Enough (Matthew West)
Our Hope Endures (Natalie Grant)
Have Your Way (Britt Nicole)
Songs for when you’re upset or discouraged:
I debated for a bit about if I should include the last category, but I know that discouragement is not something that I struggle with alone. So lastly I have included a list of songs that I listen to when I am feeling down or angry that I have to deal with this. For when I feel like I just want to give up.
Day One (Matthew West)
Skyscraper (Demi Lovato)
Daughter of The King (Tricia)
Get Up (superchick)
It’s On (same)
Me Against the World (same)
One More (same)
What Scars are For (Mandisa)
I hope they are helpful to you! God Bless!! <3