One of my roles as a dedicated Christian has always been praying for the sick, including those going for surgery. I discovered that the book of Psalms offered so much sense of peace to patients, so I normalized reading the Psalms to everyone awaiting surgery.
So, last week, one of my students wanted a list of psalms that he could read to his friend who was awaiting surgery.
It was easy to answer because I have a lot of experience in the topic, so after I answered, I decided to write an article for everyone else.
7 Best Psalms to read for safe surgery
“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
In this verse, David talks about the people who know God and trust Him. The verse says that God will never forsake the people that seek him.
Since God can never forsake you when you seek him, reading this verse can help assure you that God will be there during surgery and it will be safe.
“The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.”
This verse talks about how righteous people may find themselves in problems, but God will always save them from them.
You can read this verse before surgery as it assures you that God will not leave you now when you have a problem.
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.”
In this verse, believers learn of the compassion that God has towards them because they fear him. David writes that God knows how each human is formed from dust.
Reading this verse before surgery can comfort you because you are reassured of God’s compassion and also that He knows you are formed from dust; he will be in control.
“For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
This verse talks about how good God is and that his love endure forever. Also, it is a verse that reminds believers that God is faithful to all generations.
You can read this verse before surgery because it assures you that God loves you.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
In this verse, David tells God that whenever he is afraid, he puts his trust in Him.
You can read this verse before surgery to help you overcome your fear because it reminds you to trust in God in the hard times.
“Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.”
In this verse, David asks God to be his rock of refuge, where he can always go. He also asks God to command that he gets saved because God is his rock and fortress.
Similarly, you can read this verse and ask God to issue a command that you be saved.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
This verse is a reminder that God will always heal the brokenhearted and cover the wounds.
You can read this verse before surgery to remind you that God will heal you and will bind the wounds.
What is a good Psalm that will give you peace before going into surgery?
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.”
This verse urges all believers to commit their ways to God. Also, it is about trusting him about everything because he will always do it.
Therefore, if you are looking for peace before going to surgery, you can read this verse because it assures you that God will do it for you—make the surgery successful.
Can you read these Psalms for someone else?
According to different believers, you can read these verses for someone else who is undergoing surgery. Many believe that you can read them as prayers for someone else to be strengthened, optimistic, and still during their surgery.
You can either read while with them or read them alone for their sake and say prayers for them.
Can you read these Psalms after a successful surgery?
According to many people, you can read these psalms after a successful surgery because you need to ask God to heal your surgery wounds.
Also, it is explained that these psalms can remind you that you have to trust in God because he will not forsake you on the last step of healing your surgery wounds.
However, many people believe that you can combine these psalms with other psalms that have thanksgiving themes.
For example, you can read Psalms 69:29-30; in this verse, David tells God that may his salvation protect him when he is in pain, and he will praise his name and give thanks.
In the same way, it is said that your surgery wounds may be causing pain, but God will heal you, and you have to be thankful for that.
As a theologian, I have always been curious to learn more about the Christian Faith. That is why I pursued a Certificate in Christian Studies, Certificate in Christian Foundations and a Masters in Theology. I also have an immersive experience in editing for numerous websites. I have worked as an editor for over a decade and am currently the editor-in-chief at Christian Faith Guide. I enjoy working as an editor and feel privileged to share my expertise and help spread God’s word. You can read more about me on the about us page.