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40 Psalms for Childbirth

During Lent, I challenged myself to find a Bible verse for labor for every day.  I challenged myself further by requiring the verses must come from the book of Psalms.  I posted the verses every day on the Facebook Page.   A few weeks after it ended, a reader asked if I had a copy of all the verses I had used.  Actually, I didn’t.

But I had posted them all on Facebook, so it didn’t take too long to go back and get them all.  Here they are for you, in no particular order.

Psalm 18:16
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.

Psalm 62:8
Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Psalm 31:15a
My times are in your hands;

Psalm 115:14
May the LORD cause you to flourish, both you and your children.

Psalm 113:9
He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD.

Psalm 34:11
Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Psalm 63:7
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.

Psalm 13:6
I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me.

Psalm 34:4
I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 3:6
I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.

Psalm 51:12
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Psalm 115:14
May the LORD cause you to flourish, both you and your children.

Psalm 119:132
Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name.

Psalm 33:20
We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

Psalm 86:6
Hear my prayer, LORD; listen to my cry for mercy.

Psalm 28:6
Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy.

Psalm 6:2
Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony.

Psalm 119:114
You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.

Psalm 130:5
I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.

Psalm 71:14
As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.

Psalm 62:5
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.

Psalm 31:24
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

Psalm 119:28
My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.

Psalm 25:21
May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, LORD, is in you.

Psalm 25:5
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Psalm 95:1
Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

Psalm 71:23
My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you— I whom you have delivered.

Psalm 86:4
Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.

Psalm 51:12
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Psalm 30:11
You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

Psalm 5:11
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Psalm 16:1
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge.

Psalm 13:5
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.

Psalm 36:7
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Psalm 31:16
Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

Psalm 6:4
Turn, LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.

Psalm 46 1-3
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 23:4
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 18:32
It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.

Psalm 146:6
He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever.

Psalm 139:14
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 94:18
When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD, supported me.

Psalm 89:21 My hand will sustain him; surely my arm will strengthen him.

 

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas and childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student in a nursing program learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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