How To Pray Tehillim (Psalms)
The power of Tehillim (Psalms) can not be underestimated. The Tzemech Tzedek said…
If you only knew the power of verses of Tehillim and their effect in the highest Heavens, you would recite them constantly. Know that the chapters of Tehillim shatter all barriers, they ascend higher and still higher with no interference; they prostrate themselves in supplication before the Master of all worlds, and they effect and accomplish with kindness and compassion. HaYom Yom: Shevat 23 (https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/6074/jewish/Shvat-24.htm)
It is easy to tap into that power to connect with God through praying Tehillim. Here is the basic steps to use Tehillim for your prayers:
Before praying Tehillim, you may choose to say “The Prayer Before Reciting Sefer Tehillim.”
Select Tehillim which match what you would like to say to God. The following are some common themes and appropriate Tehillim to pray:
Tehillim Yeshua and the Apostles Used: 2, 16, 22, 110
Tehillim for Praise and Thanksgiving: 19, 92, 93, 100, 113-118, 135-137, 150
Tehillim for Repentance: 27, 47, 51, 90
Tehillim to Keep from Speaking Lashon HaRa (Evil Speech): 52, 120
Tehillim to Pray for the Sick: 6, 9, 20, 30, 41, 88, 103, 121, 130, 142
Tehillim for Protection While Traveling: 17, 34, 50, 64, 91, 123, 124, 130
Tehillim for the Protection for Israel: 83, 130, 142
Tehillim to Say When You Are Frightened: 14, 61, 73, 145
Tehillim to Lift Your Spirits: 5, 29, 40, 66, 68, 86, 91, 101
Tehillim for Guidance and Success: 16, 19, 57, 82, 108, 112, 122, 139
Hallel (Praises): 113-118
Songs of Ascent (Tehillim Prayed By Levites in the Temple): 120-134
Tehillim to Rebuild the Beit Hamikdash (Temple) and Yeshua’s Second Coming: 42-48, 93
Talk to God about what is going on in your life and more personally why you chose the Tehillim you did.
If you chose to pray Tehillim for the sick, you might want to use this Prayer for the Sick (scroll to the bottom of the page). You will want to know the sick person’s name and their mother’s name.
Source for Tehillim topics: Adapted from Artscroll’s Tehillim and Sefer Tehillim: Shaar Harachamin im segulot v’tefillot ha Chida.