Top 10 Psalms for Healing

By Faith Way

The Bible contains many passages that provide comfort, encouragement, and hope during difficult times of illness or injury. Here are 10 of the most powerful psalms for healing to reflect on when seeking God’s healing hand.

Top 10 Psalms for Healing

Psalm 30 – Thanksgiving for Recovery from Illness

This psalm was written by David after he recovered from a serious illness. It expresses gratitude to God for rescuing him from “Sheol”, which represents death or the grave. Key verses include:

Verse 2

“O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.” This acknowledges that it was God who brought the healing.

Verse 3

“O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.” This vividly describes being rescued from death’s door.

Verse 11

“You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.” The psalmist rejoices at his healing and restoration.

Psalm 6 – A Cry for Healing

This psalm is a desperate plea from David to God for relief from unrelenting pain and weakness. Key verses include:

Verse 2

“Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.” This conveys the severity of the psalmist’s affliction.

Verse 6-7

“I am weary with moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears. My eyes waste away because of grief.” The pain has brought him to tears every night.

Verse 8

“Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.” After crying out to God, the psalmist has faith his prayer is heard.

Psalm 41 – Prayer for Healing from Betrayal

This psalm was written when David was betrayed by someone close to him while he was ill. Key verses include:

Verse 4

“As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you.” Despite being wronged, David acknowledges his own sin first.

Verse 3

“The Lord sustains them on their sickbed; in their illness you heal all their infirmities.” God is the healer even of betrayers.

Verse 10

“But you, O Lord, be gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them.” David ultimately seeks restoration to serve God.

Psalm 103 – Praise for the Lord’s Healing Power

This psalm extols the many benefits God bestows on us as his children, including healing and restoration. Key verses include:

Verse 2-3

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits–who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases.” God forgives our sins and heals our bodies.

Verse 5

“Who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” God renews our strength and vitality.

Psalm 147 – The Lord Heals the Brokenhearted

This psalm emphasizes God’s power to heal both physically and emotionally. Key verses include:

Verse 3

“He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.” God mends emotional as well as physical wounds.

Verse 6

“The Lord lifts up the downtrodden; he casts the wicked to the ground.” God restores those who are oppressed or downtrodden.

Psalm 23 – The Lord is Our Shepherd Who Restores Our Soul

This beloved psalm depict’s God’s loving care and protection, including leading his people to restoration. Key verses include:

Verse 3

“He restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.” God revives our spirit and guides us in his ways.

Verse 5

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” Even amidst trials and enemies, God provides and cares for us.

Psalm 119 – God’s Word Brings Healing and Life

This longest psalm extols the blessings of keeping God’s Word. Key verses include:

Verse 50

“This is my comfort in my distress, that your promise gives me life.” God’s promises bring vitality even in hardship.

Verse 67

“Before I was humbled I went astray, but now I keep your word.” Turning to God’s Word brought restoration.

Verse 107

“I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word!” The psalmist cries out to God to revive him according to his promises.

Psalm 133 – Blessings of Unity for Healing

This short psalm describes the pleasantness when God’s people live together in harmony. Key verse:

Verse 3

“For there the Lord commanded the blessing, life forevermore.” There is healing, restoration and vitality when unity abides.

Psalm 138 – The Lord’s Unfailing Love and Healing Power

This psalm celebrates God’s faithfulness and powerful intervention. Key verses include:

Verse 3

“On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.” God strengthens and encourages us when we call to Him.

Verse 7

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies.” Even in the midst of adversity, God sustains and delivers us.

Psalm 34 – Taste and See God’s Goodness for Healing

This psalm encourages praising God through difficult days and seeing His faithfulness. Key verses include:

Verse 4

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.” God meets us in our fear and need.

Verse 8

“O taste and see that the Lord is good.” Amidst affliction, “tasting” God’s goodness brings encouragement.

Verse 19-20

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord rescues them from them all. He keeps all their bones; not one of them will be broken.” Though troubles abound, the Lord ultimately brings complete healing.


The psalms are a rich source of truth about God’s power and desire to heal us body, mind and spirit. They provide encouragement to persevere in prayer, offer praises for recovery, and remind us of God’s unfailing love. Whatever the affliction, these psalms can speak to our pain and strengthen our faith that the Great Physician’s healing hand is at work.

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