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Which Psalms to Turn To

Many Psalms have more than one message, and mean different things to different people. But the following list should at least help in suggesting which Psalms to turn to according to your mood and situation

Which Psalms to Turn To
When Studying Torah 1 19 119
In the Synagogue 5 26 27 63 65 73 84 96 122 135
In Nature 19 104 148
Desire to Repent 40 51 90
After Committing Sin 25 32 51 130
Sad, Depressed 30 42 43
Cannot Sleep 4
Lonely 25
Disruptive Changes in Your Life; disaster 46 57
Frustration at Wickedness of People 36 52 53 58
Anxiety from Enemies 3 5 6 7 9 17 22 25 31 35 38 43 54 55 56 57 59 71 140 142
Anxious Concern about Livelihood 23 62 68
Suffering, Afflicted 38 102
Want to Pray, say psalms, speak to G-d 51
Need to Increase your trust in G-d 22 23 56 62 84 123 125 128 131 146
Single hoping to find a soulmate 68
Uplifted feeling 8 19 24 47 48
Need G-d's help, protection 70 91 121 130
Confused by success of wicked, envious of rich 1 37 49 73
Beset by old age 71
Perplexed by injustice and G-d's distance 10
Doubts about faith 1 2 19 37
Feeling confused religiously 25 143
Israel, Jews, Judaism pressed abused threatened 53 74 83 124
Betrayed, hurt by others, someone close 35 41 55
Feel abandoned 27 88 142
Feeling thankfulness to G-d 9 18 65 66 116
Grateful to G-d for success, prosperity 65 144 147
Feel threatened, anxious or afraid 4 22 23 56
Slandered, abused verbally, victim of wrongdoing 39 64 120
Great troubles and distress 6 31 34 55 69 77 86 88 107 121 138 142
Feel humiliated by people 22
Source: Jewish Spiritual Practices by Y. Buxbaum pg. 366-367


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