Praising God in Difficult Times: 47 Powerful Bible Verses

By David Small •  Updated: 02/22/22 •  13 min read

At some point in our lives, challenges or circumstances will appear that seem very difficult to combat or overcome: the death of a loved one, economic problems, diseases with no cure, and others.

However, you should know that God is by our side and helps us at all times.

Despite the circumstances, we should not doubt God’s goodness. On the contrary, we should continue to praise Him.

Praising God in hard times requires faith. But the basis of our faith for this praise is Romans 8:28: “All things work together for good to them that love God.”

Here are 47 bible verses about praising God in hard times. Be blessed as you go through them.

What does the bible say about Praising God in Hard Times?

How can we praise God if what we are looking for has not yet been received? How do we worship God when it seems that He is silent in the face of our suffering? Singing praises in times of plenty, peace, and joy is easy.

The difficult thing is praising God in hard times. Paul and Silas were in prison. However, they prayed and sang hymns to God, even after receiving several lashes and having a wounded body.

It is a challenge to know how to deal with the frustration of a prolonged wait, with deliberate persecutions, with the “whippings” that life gives us.

This requires a complete trust in God’s sovereignty and His purposes for us. We cannot surrender to suffering. We cannot be dominated by our emotions and give in to depression.

Do we trust or do we not trust God? Do we love God for who He is or what He can give us? Do we believe his promises or not?

When we understand that “God works in all things for good to those who love him, to those who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28), we can remain steadfast in his Presence, for we know that He truly, take care of us.

Paul and Silas’ praise and worship of God drew God’s gaze to the situation. As the songs reached the throne of God, God provided the earthquake to shake the prison’s foundations and set them free.

This is how God does it when we choose to praise him, regardless of the circumstances. He knows what he’s doing. He’s in control of all things.

Bible Verses About Praising God in Difficult Times

  1. Jeremiah 17:14

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.

  1. Psalms 71:22-24

I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.

My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed. My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.

  1. Isaiah 12:2

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord, Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

  1. Psalms 69:30

I will praise the name of God with a song and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

God delights in praise and fills the place with His Spirit

God is taking care of you, even in when difficulties knock at your door. God is taking care of your future, even if all you see ahead is dense darkness. The Father loves you, so you must learn to praise Him at all times.

  1. 2 Chronicles 5:13-14

indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying: “For He is good,

For His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.

  1. 2 Chronicles 7:1-3

When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD’s house.

When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshiped and praised the LORD, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever.”

  1. Acts 4:31

And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

  1. Job 1:20

Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.

  1. Job 42:5

“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You.

  1. Jonah 2:9-10

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.” So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

Bible Verses About Praising God in Difficult Times  in the new testament

The worst thing that can happen to a Christian is to despair in a difficult situation, lose his faith, and fail to praise God.

One of the reasons that praise is so strong is because it keeps us from wasting our strength in whining, complaining, and needless worry. Thus, we receive God’s renewal in our spirit to face the situation and overcome it by faith.

Satan wants praise to be narrow and empty, for he knows that genuine praise frees man from its grasp and leads him into the grace of God.

  1. Philippians 4:6

Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

  1. Acts 16:25-26

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.

  1. 1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

  1. John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

  1. 2 Corinthians 12:9

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:3

But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil.

  1. Hebrews 13:15

By him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

  1. 1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Praising God in Difficult Times

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Praise is a weapon of spiritual warfare

Praise is also an efficient way to battle in the spiritual world because we are demonstrating all our faith in God through praise. When we praise, we are demonstrating that our hope is not in what we see, but in what we believe, in the power of God.

  1. 2 Chronicles 20:19-23

Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with voices loud and high.

So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem:

Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.”

  1. 1 Chronicles 16:25

For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods.

  1. Deuteronomy 33:27

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

  1. 1 Peter 5:8-9

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

  1. Hebrews 13:15

Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

  1. Habakkuk 3:17-19

Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls—

Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills. To the Chief Musician. With my stringed instruments.

  1. Isaiah 57:15

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabit eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

  1. Proverbs 18:10

The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous run into it, and is safe.

  1. Isaiah 40:29

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increase strength.

  1. Nehemiah 8:10

Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

  1. 1 Peter 5:7

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Also See: 51 Bible Verses About Joy and Happiness.

Bible Verses About Praising God in Difficult Times in the book of psalms

The book of psalms in the Bible are beautiful praises to God in any of his manifestations, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The psalms allow us to rejoice even in difficult times.

They help us to keep, protect and live in faith while going through trials. No matter how tough they are. Here are several verses from the psalms about praising God in hard times that will be of great help to you.

  1. Psalms 35:28

And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.

  1. Psalms 95:2-3

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God and a great King above all gods.

  1. Psalm 59:16-17

But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble. To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; For God is my defense, My God of mercy.

  1. Psalm 71:22

Also with the lute, I will praise You— And Your faithfulness, O my God! To You, I will sing with the harp, O Holy One of Israel.

  1. Psalms 34:1

I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

  1. Psalms 35:28

And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness And of Your praise all the day long.

  1. Psalms 138:3

In the day when I cried thou answered me and strengthened me with strength in my soul.

  1. Psalms 32:7-8

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

  1. Psalms 16:7-8

I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

  1. Psalms 69:30

I will praise the name of God with a song And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.

  1. Psalms 16:8

I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

  1. Psalms 46:1-3

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

  1. Psalms 34:10

The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.

  1. Psalms 34:4

I sought the Lord, and he heard me and delivered me from all my fears.

  1. Psalms 63:3-4

Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

In conclusion

Fear and pain are always present in this world. Jesus warned us that we would have tribulation in the world, but he assured us of victory because He conquered the world! (John 16:33).

Through the scriptures, we can be comforted in the knowledge that God is faithful and always with us. He truly cares and is our protector and comforter in difficult times.

As believers in the Lord Jesus, our life must be one of constant praise whatever the circumstance. Praise frees, warms the soul, brings peace to the heart, and fills the mouth with laughter.

David Small

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