Category Archives: Acclaimation

Praise Statements?


Praise Statements?

I don’t know what to call these biblical statements, but I sure do like them.  Can we use these in worship?

Holy, Holy, Holy:
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come (Revelation 4:8)
Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory. (Isaiah 6:3)

You Are Worthy:
You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being (Revelation 4:11)
You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God (Revelation 5:9)

Hosanna:
Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  Blessed is the King of Israel! (John 12:13)
Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!  (Matthew 21:9)

Hallelujah:
Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God (Revelation 19:1)

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

A responsive reading based on the Psalm passage “Give thanks to the Lord for He is Good”


Give thanks to the Lord for He is Good

P:  Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people, come to my aid when you save them; that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones.  (Ps 106:4,5a)

C:  O Give thanks to the LORD, for He is Good and His steadfast love endures forever.  (Ps 106:1)

 

P: for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.  (Ps 107:9)

C:  O Give thanks to the LORD, for He is Good and His steadfast love endures forever.  (Ps 107:1)

 

P:  O Give thanks to the LORD, for He is Good and His steadfast love endures forever.  (Ps 118:1)

P:  Let Israel say:  (Ps 118:2a)

C:  His love endures forever.  (Ps 118:2b)

P:  Let the house of Aaron say:  (Ps 118: 3a)

C:  His love endures forever.  (Ps 118:3b)

P:  Let those who fear the LORD say:  (Ps 118:4a)

C:  His love endures forever.  (Ps 118:4b)

 

P:  Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good.  (Ps 136:1a)

C:  His love endures forever.  (Ps 136:1b)

P:  Give thanks to the God of Gods.  (Ps 136:2a)

C:  His love endures forever.  (Ps 136:2b)

P:  Give thanks to the Lord of Lords  (Ps 136:3a)

C:  His love endures forever.  (Ps 136:3b)

P:  Give thanks to the God of Heaven  (Ps 136:26a)

C:  His love endures forever.  (Ps 136:22b)

 

You might also consider responding with a song like “Forever” by Chris Tomlin.

The Joy of the LORD is Our Strength – Neh 8:10


The Joy of the LORD is Our Strength – Neh 8:10

Here is a responsive reading using several Psalm verses together with Nehemiah 8:10:

P:         The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.  The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.  (Ps 19:8)
All:      The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P:         You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.  (Ps 16:11)

Men:   The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P:         The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.  (Ps 28:7)

Women:          The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P:         May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth.  (Ps 67:4)

All:      The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P:         Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!  (Ps 81:1)

Men:   The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

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

Women:          The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P:         Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;  (Ps 98:4)

All:      The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P:         Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.  (Ps 100:1)

Men:   The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P:         Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.  (Ps 119:111)

Women:          The Joy of the LORD is our strength.

P:         May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  (Rom 15:13)

Finally, here’s Chris Tomlin singing “Holy is the Lord” about this same verse:

Click here if the above link doesn’t work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAF5CM1pUxg

You can find a free copy of the leadsheet here, but you should report usage to CCLI if you reproduce this:

http://www.helvetia-church.org/pteam/lyrics/Holy%20is%20the%20Lord%20lead%20sheet.pdf

 

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

The LORD Reigns


The LORD Reigns

Psalms 93, 97 and 99 all begin with the acclamation ”the LORD reigns.”   The following responsive reading draws attention to this Old Testament proclamation of praise.

 

P: The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and is armed with strength.  The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.   (PS 93:1)

C: The LORD reigns; you are from all eternity.  (93:2)

 

 

P:  The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.   (Ps97:1)

C:  The LORD reigns.  For you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth;

       you are exalted far above all gods.  (Ps 97:9)

 

 

P: The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.   (Ps 99:1)

C:  The LORD reigns.  Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the LORD our God is holy.  (Ps 99:9)

 

I would follow this up with the singing of one of these worship songs to make a powerful worship moment:

1.  “Ancient of Days” by Gary Sadler & Jamie Harvill

2.  “Lord, Reign in Me” by Brenton Brown

3.  “He Reigns” by the Newsboys

4. “Come Thou Almighty King” by Charles Wesley

5.  “We Will Glorify” by Twila Paris

6. “Beautiful Savior” by Stuart Townend

7. “Amazing Grace” (My Chains are Gone) by John Newton & Chris Tomlin

8. “Awesome God” by Richie Mullins

Here’s a video of the Newsboys singing “He Reigns.”   I’ve never sung this in worship, it’s a bit too progressive for our tastes,  but I’m thinking of using it at a future teen event.

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society