When one is waiting for a medical test result, which tehillim is it customary to recite?

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    Wouldn't it be a tefillat shav, since the condition already exists and you can't change something once it's already been decreed? – Adam Mosheh Jun 27 '13 at 23:10
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    the test is to determine IF condition exists – rena Jun 28 '13 at 2:00
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    @Rena just because you don't know doesn't mean it doesn't exist. – Double AA Jun 28 '13 at 4:24
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    @AdamMosheh I don't understand your logic. You're not saying Tefilot you're just reciting verses from Tehilim. – Hacham Gabriel Jun 28 '13 at 13:39
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    rena, welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks very much for bringing your question here! I hope you'll look around and see other content here of interest to you, perhaps including our 55 other questions about tehilim-psalms. If this question is immediately relevant to you or yours, I join you in hoping God grants a favorable result. – Isaac Moses Jun 28 '13 at 13:57

The Minhag at the Yeshivos where I learned as a Bochur was to recite numbers 121, 130 and 142 followed by the pesukim of "temanya Apei" (eight facets, ie eight pesukim for each letter) of tehilla #119 with the letters corresponding to the name and mothers name. One important thing to bear in mind is that as long as a definite diagnosis hasn't been confirmed the collaborative efforts and zechuyos of the Tehillim said along with a genuine acceptance to take on an extra detail in the service of Hashem (eg to read the bracha "Asher Yotzar" with concentration from a printed text) has a much stronger change of success of overturning the gezeira than once the diagnosis is confirmed a miracle is needed.

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One may not think as he recites Tehillim that they are a cure. (see here).

Tehillim are essentially praise of Hashem which can be followed by a prayer for healing. see here.

Therefore I suggest that you say the Tehillim which arouse you most to the praise of Hashem.

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