10 Beautiful Psalms for Healing to Read and Pray Over

Kristi Woods

Published Jan 12, 2022
10 Beautiful Psalms for Healing to Read and Pray Over
Did you know that many of the psalms in the Bible were written to be prayed during times of deep suffering? If you or a loved one needs healing or comfort in a season of pain and suffering, here are 10 psalms specifically written to be prayed through.

Have you read the book of Psalms? It contains beautiful words to read and pray, especially for times of healing. Whether you’re suffering from a broken heart, sickness, sin, or other spiritual battles, this beautiful book of the Bible can offer comfort and strength.

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night." ~ Psalm 1:1-2

The Psalms remind us of God’s faithfulness. They are a collection of verses proclaiming His glory. They also seep deep into the heart of man, echoing our need for deliverance and healing from the enemy.

Below are 10 beautiful Psalms for healing to read and pray. Consider reading the entire Psalm. They’re rich and oh so good. Study these words God gave us. Pray the prayers included or gather and offer words of your own. Consider this a call to spend time, one-on-one, with our loving Lord—the One who heals you and me.

Psalms to Pray for the Sick to Be Healed:

1. Psalm 34

“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.” (Psalm 34:19-20 ESV)

Father, You will not leave me alone, for You are near. I may have affliction, but You deliver me. You are so loving and faithful. So I look to You now, Father, keep these bones. I ask for healing and give You every ounce of glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

2. Psalm 6

“Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled.” (Psalm 6:2 ESV)


Lord, When I don’t deserve it, You are gracious to me. Thank You, loving Father, for Your faithfulness and compassion. My body is troubled now, though, Lord. Forgive me. Pour out your mercy. Heal me in the way that only You can. Turn my enemies back in shame. Praise be to You, God Most High. In Jesus’ name I make this request, Amen.

Psalms to Pray for Healing and Strength:

3. Psalm 16

“Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, ‘You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.’” (Psalm 16:1-2 ESV)

God, You are my refuge. I run to You. You are my Lord. There is no other. Preserve and strengthen me as I face this battle. You are my portion and my cup. In You, I have a beautiful inheritance—this I will remember. Because of You, I will not be shaken. I feel certain. Heal and strengthen me now, good, good Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

4. Psalm 30

“I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me. O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.”
(Psalm 30:1-2 ESV)


The enemy will not rejoice over me because of You, Lord. I will not be moved because You protect me. I cry to You for help now. Take this situation, this mourning, and turn it into dancing. My eyes are on You. I give You thanks, Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

5. Psalm 31

“I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul, and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.” (Psalm 31:7-8 ESV)


Today, I choose to rejoice because of Your steadfast love, Father. I’m not ignored—my affliction doesn’t go unnoticed. You are a God who sees. And because You love me, I am not delivered into the hand of my enemy. Praise God! Yes, praise You. So today, I declare just as Psalm 31 does, that my feet have been set in a broad place. You watch over me. You lead me well. Thanks be to You, God Almighty. In Jesus’ name I pray and offer this praise, Amen.

Psalms to Pray for Healing and Deliverance:

6. Psalm 41

“As for me, I said, ‘O LORD, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you!’” (Psalm 41:4 ESV)

I have sinned, Lord, and I am so sorry. Forgive me. May Your graciousness come upon me, Lord. Only You can truly heal me from my sinful desires, so I ask You now for Your gracious and good hand of healing. Pour out Your spirit on me, Lord. Deliver me from this sin and knit my heart together again. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

7. Psalm 107

“Some were fools through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities suffered affliction; they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.” (Psalm 107:17-20 ESV)


You send out Your word and You heal. When I cry out, You deliver me from my own destruction—from the sin I have embraced. I’m crying to You now, oh Lord. Deliver and heal me like only You can. Take me to that place of security and firm footing that’s found only in Your strength and righteousness. I give You all the praise. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

8. Psalm 109

“With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord; I will praise him in the midst of the throng. For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.” (Psalm 109:30-31 ESV)

Today, I give You thanks, Lord. I praise You as I stand in this storm. I praise You among the crowd. I praise You at all times, for You and You alone have saved me. My soul lives and is not condemned to death because of You, Jesus. Thank You. Amen.

9. Psalm 143

“Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD! I have fled to you for refuge. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!” (Psalm 143:9-10 ESV)

Hear my cry for mercy, Lord. The enemy has pursued me, and I’m tired. But I trust in You and You alone, for You are my deliverer, my God. Lead me in Your righteousness. Deliver me from my enemies I face today for You are my God and my true refuge. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

10. Psalm 61

“[F]rom the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.” (Psalm 61:2-3 ESV)


You are my refuge and my strong tower. Father, You help me fight against the enemy. I feel weak, though, Lord, so I call to You now. I’m in trouble. Hear my cry. Heal and deliver me, gracious Lord. I give You praise for You are deserving and glorious. Your work is higher than and beyond any other. Lead me to that rock that is higher than I. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Save this free PDF to your phone: Praying Through the Psalms: A 30 Day Prayer Guide

150 Psalms to Read and Pray

These are just 10 beautiful Psalms for healing to read and pray, but many more await in Scripture. Dig into this book of the Bible this month to discover, enjoy, and receive more of God’s refreshment. Reading just five Psalms each day will ensure the completion of all 150 Psalms in a month. Or, cover one each day to finish the book in approximately six months. Regardless of approach, enjoy soaking in the truth and encouragement of God’s Word. He is worthy.

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Kristi Woods is a writer and speaker but mostly a Jesus girl. She writes weekly and offers faith-building tools for a deeper walk with God at www.KristiWoods.net. She contributes regularly at iBelieve.com and Crosswalk.com and is published in various print and online publications. Kristi, her handsome, retired-from-the-Navy husband, and their three children survived a nomadic, military lifestyle and have set roots in Oklahoma--where she keeps a close watch for tornadoes and good chocolate. Connect with Kristi at KristiWoods.net.