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21 Encouraging Psalms for Healing

The psalms are a collection of Hebrew poems that offer solace to the weary soul. They offer guidance in times of distress, and comfort for those who suffer. These 150 chapters are filled with songs and poems written for and about our great and holy God. It features the hilltop praises and valley lamentations of at least seven contributing authors.

Many people turn to the Psalms when they need healing from illness or injury. It is an act of faith on behalf of the sufferer and it can be quite powerful. Below you will find some powerful Psalms for Healing to meditate on to restore your own health and well-being!

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What is a Good Bible Verse for Healing

The Book of Psalms is filled with encouraging and hopeful Scripture to pray over illness, injury, and even a broken heart!

Psalms can be a powerful source of comfort for those in need. King David wrote the Psalms as prayers and poems to help him deal with his own difficult times, so they are very personal and often reflect what we're feeling during hard times. They offer an opportunity to express our emotions without fear of being judged or ridiculed because God is always listening.

It's also cathartic to speak aloud about all that we're going through instead of keeping it inside until it consumes us from within. Even if you don't feel like talking, just reading over the words can provide relief when you know there is someone else who cares about your pain right alongside you.

When a friend or family member is sick or healing from trauma, these Psalms of healing will surely encourage them!

  • For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:13-16 NIV
  • Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
  • Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8

Psalms for Healing

These Psalms for healing are filled with images of God’s comforting presence. Have you ever thought what it would be like to stand in the middle of a mountain range during an earthquake or giant avalanche? I’m sure it would feel like the world is crumbling.

At those times, I have to remind myself of all that God promises. He promises that when our world is falling down around us, we can take shelter and find strength in him. Dear friend, that means that when we are in over our heads and feel as if the worries of motherhood are about to overtake us; when we cry out to God, he doesn’t leave us to flounder. No! He hears us. He saves us. He stays near to heal our broken hearts.

But more than that, when we enter God’s grace-filled presence, He FORGIVESHEALS (praise God, he heals our diseases!)… REDEEMSCROWNS…and SATISFIES. Is there any other person, place, or thing that can make such promises? God isn’t just out to give us the bare minimum. His abundance knows no limit, and he crowns us with it.

  • God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:1-3
  • The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him. Psalm 92:12-15
  • When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:18-19
  • The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:17-18

Trust God and Remain Righteous, Even When It Is Hard!

Psalms for Healing the Sick

Have you ever felt so weighed down by sorrow or fear that you can’t even lift your head? I can imagine that’s what these writers felt when they penned these Psalms about hope and healing, and I absolutely love how real they are. 

  • Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5
  • He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:4

When I’m in that state of deep sadness or anxiety, I need more than a laugh or a cup of tea. I need someone to bring in the big guns and get me out of my mess. That’s when God steps in to protect. He is my strong shield. He is my protection. He is the reason I can lift my head and continue the fight.

Psalms for Healing and Strength

In Psalm 42, David actually addressed the source of his anxiety, his soul. The word “soul” in Hebrew is a term that has a variety of meanings. In this context, it expresses emotion. So, David basically asked his emotions directly why they are so disturbed. He recognized that his emotions were NOT his reality and challenged those emotions to hope in God, rather than run wild. He decided to remain righteous and praise God, no matter what his emotions told him to do. How powerful is that? 

We have that same authority. We can challenge our emotions and choose to praise God and remain righteous, regardless of what our feelings are telling us.

  • Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:11
  • Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name. Psalm 97:11-12
  • Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. Psalm 86:11-12
  • But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. Psalm 3:3

Called Out to God When You Are At Your Lowest Point

Psalms for Healing and Restoration

Here, these faithful Psalmists paint vivid images of themselves alone at the ends of the earth, calling out to God for help. And guess what? God swooped in to rescue them. He’s there to rescue you too, sweet friend. He longs to turn your crying into dancing and to clothe you with joy.

When we call out to God, we find solid ground, comfort, and strength. What an amazing God we serve! He is strong and mighty, yet gathers us under his wing, as a mother hen gathers her chicks. When we have reached the end of our rope, when the circumstances of our lives are more than we can bear, let’s remember that in our God, we can find hope, healing, and the strength to carry on.

  • To you, Lord, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy: “What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness? Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me; Lord, be my help.” You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever. Psalm 30:8-12
  • Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. Psalm 61:1-4

Remember that your sickness is only temporary!

Jesus promises in Revelation 21 that when He returns, He will bring a new heaven and a new earth. All of the ugly parts of this world will pass away. That means no more death or disease, no more suffering or hospitals, no more tests or bad news. He will do away with all of those things, leaving only His wonderful light. The Psalmists seemed to understand that as they penned these Psalms for healing.

  • Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. hose who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. Psalm 126:5-6
  • In the beginning, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing, you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end. Psalm 102:25-27

Anchor Your Strength and Hope To God

Lamps in Biblical times used oil as fuel to create light. I need God to be my fuel to keep me burning. His is the only strength that doesn’t fail. With him as my power source, I can conquer anything this life throws at me.

But, God is so much more than a power source. He is our hope and our salvation. I’ve always heard God called our “horn of salvation,” but I really had no idea what that meant. In these particular Psalms about hope and healing, a horn is not a musical instrument or means of attack, like the horn of an animal, but a mountain peak. David, the psalmist, often hid in caves and among mountain peaks as Saul sought to end his life, but David ran to God as his safe retreat. 

God is our rock, the foundation on which we build our faith and our lives, where we cast our anchor when life is stormy. He is our fortress, where we retreat when we are weak and battle weary. He is our deliverer, lifting us out of the strife and struggle of this life and bringing us to safety. He is our refuge, where we run when we are alone and scared. He is our stronghold, having fought and conquered enemy territory through the resurrection of his Son, Jesus. He is our shield, our protection against the enemy’s flaming arrows of accusation and temptation. He is the horn of our salvation, our hiding place, and safe retreat.

  • You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. Psalm 18:28-29
  • Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. Psalm 62:5-6
  • Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105
  • The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2

These psalms are full of words that speak life into your situation. They give us an opportunity to remind ourselves that we’re not alone. Even when it feels like all hope has been lost, God can use these scriptures to bring healing back into our lives. From them, we can learn how to:

  • Place our hope In God’s perfect plan
  • Find hope and healing in God’s presence
  • Trust in God and remain righteous, even when it’s hard
  • Call out to God when we’re at our lowest point
  • Remember that our sickness is only momentary
  • Anchor or strength and hope to God

The Psalms of Healing are a collection of hopeful and encouraging Scriptures that have been used for centuries to heal the sick and comfort those who are in pain. If you or someone you love is struggling with an illness, give them a try. You may find this is just what your heart needs at this difficult time.

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