Here’s a responsive reading that teaches your people about Hebrew poetry while worshipping at the same time.
Pastor: In synonymous parallelism the second line of a verse expresses similar thoughts and sentiments as the first.
Pastor: The heavens declare the glory of God;
All: the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (Ps 19:1)
Pastor: Day after day they pour forth speech;
All: Night after night they display knowledge. (Ps 19:2)
Pastor: In antithetic parallelism a thought expressed in one line contrasts in the next line with an opposite truth.
Pastor: For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
All: but the way of the wicked will perish. (Ps 1:6)
Pastor: My flesh and my heart may fail,
All: but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Pastor: In synthetic (or climactic) parallelism subsequent verses build on that which has been stated in previous verses.
Pastor: When I consider your heavens,
Women: the work of your fingers,
Men: the moon and the stars,
Pastor: which you have set in place,
Men: what is man that you are mindful of him,
Women: the son of man that you care for him? (Ps 8:3,4)
Pastor: Who may ascend the hill of the Lord?
All: Who may stand in his holy place?
Pastor: He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
All: Who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.
Pastor: Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
All: Though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
Pastor: Though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
All: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, will be joyful in God my savior.
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of International Bible Society