Category Archives: Old Testament

The Watcher


The Watcher
Based on Psalm 121:3-8
M:  He will not let your foot slip—
C:  He who watches over you will not slumber; 
M:  Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 
M:  The Lord watches over you—
C:  The Lord is your shade at your right hand; 
M:  The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 
M:  The Lord will keep you from all harm—
C:  He will watch over your life; 
M:  The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Psalm 111 and 112


Psalm 111 and 112 are the same length and seem to thematically fit well together. Here’s a responsive reading with the two Psalms twisted together.

P: Praise the Lord. Ps 111:1
C: Praise the Lord. Ps 112:1

P: I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly. Ps 111:2
C: Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands. Ps 112:2

P: Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Ps 111:3
C: His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Ps 112:3

P: Glorious and majestic are his deeds; and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate. Ps 111:4
C: Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. Ps 112:4

P: He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. Ps 111:5
C: Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. Ps 112:5

P: He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations. Ps 111:6
C: Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Ps 112:6

P: The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. Ps 111:7
C: Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. Ps 112:7

P: They are steadfast for ever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness. Ps 111:8
C: He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. Ps 112:8

P: He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever—holy and awesome is his name. Ps 111:9
C: He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever ;his horn will be lifted high in honor. Ps 112:9

P: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise. Ps 111:10
C: The wicked man will see and be vexed, he will gnash his teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing. Ps 112:10

Isaiah53 – Read Responsively


Isaiah53 – Read Responsively

P:         He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
C:        nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
P:         He was despised and rejected by men,
C:        a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
P:         Like one from whom men hide their faces
C:        he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
P:         Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows,
C:        yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
P:         Whom did he suffer for?
C:        he was pierced for our transgressions,
P:         Whom did he die for?
C:        he was crushed for our iniquities;
P:         the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
C:        And by his wounds we are healed.
P:         We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
C:        each of us has turned to his own way;
P:         and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
P:         He was oppressed and afflicted,
C:        yet he did not open his mouth;
P:         he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
C:        and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
P:         For he bore the sin of many,
C:        and made intercession for the transgressors.

Excerpted from Isaiah 53 (emphasized)

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 Ten Commandments – Responsive Prayer


The Ten Commandments – Responsive Prayer

P:      “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”
C:      God the Father has freed us.  Help us to be eternally grateful.

1P:    “You shall have no other gods before me.”
C:      You are the only God that we will ever need.  You are all that we want.  You supply all our needs.

2P:    “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,  but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
C:      We desire a personal relationship with God because He is infinitely better than any earthly idols.  Help us to see this when we become weak.

3P:    “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. “
C:      We are your people; we bear your name.  Help us to value this privilege and to treat your name with the utmost respect.

4P:    “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.  For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
C:      You have made a beautiful world for us to enjoy.  Help us to worship you, together, as a gathering of believers on a weekly basis.  We will enjoy our day with you and we look forward to it each week.

5P:    “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
C:      We thank you for the gift of parents; help us to respect them and others in authority as you have directed.

6P:    “You shall not murder.”
C:      We view all life as sacred and having enormous worth.

7P:    “You shall not commit adultery.”
C:      You have created the institution known as marriage for our enjoyment and fulfillment.  Help us to love one another as Christ loved the church.

8P:    “You shall not steal.”
C:      We thank you for the blessings of material goods.  Help us to be thankful for these possessions and to be respectful of others.

9P:    “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.”
C:      We are to love one another for we are all your children and You see value in us.  Help us to not speak negatively of each other; be it verbally or in writing.

10P: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
C:      We are thankful for the blessings which you have given to us.  Help us to love people and not things.

Exodus 20:2-17 (New International Version 1984, ©1984)

David’s Prayer


David’s Prayer

Leader:             Praise be to you, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.
All:                   Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.

Leader: Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom;You are exalted as head over all.
Women:           Wealth and honor come from you;You are the ruler of all things.
Men:                In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.
All:                   Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
–         1 Chronicles 29:10-13

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

Psalm 23 Responsive Prayer


Psalm 23 Responsive Prayer

P:         The LORD is my shepherd
C:        God, thank you for this relationship
P:         I shall not be in want
C:        God, thank you for supplying my needs
P:         He makes me lie down in green pastures
C:        God, thank you for providing me with rest
P:         he leads me beside quiet waters
C:        God, thank you for refreshing me
P:         he restores my soul
C:        God, thank you for healing me
P:         He guides me in paths of righteousness
C:        God, thank you for providing your word as a guide in my life
P:         for his name’s sake
C:        God, thank you for providing a purpose and direction for my life
P:         Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
C:        God, you know just how much testing is right for me
P:         I will fear no evil
C:        God, thank you for your protection
P:         for you are with me
C:        God, thank you for being with me
P:         your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
C:        God, thank you for discipline when I need it
P:         You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies
C:        God, thank you for being my protector
P:         You anoint my head with oil
C:        God, thank you for anointing me
P:         my cup overflows
C:        God, thank you for abundant blessings
P:         Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life
C:        God, thank you for continual blessings
P:         and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever
C:        God, thank you for eternity

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

© Steven Brown, August 2010, https://sjbrown58.wordpress.com, Kenaniah Music

Feel free to reproduce this piece in your worship bulletin or folder for congregational use

Psalm 29 “The Thunder Psalm” (with “Awesome God”)


Psalm 29 “The Thunder Psalm” (with “Awesome God”)

Psalm 29 is sometimes referred to as the “Thunder Psalm.”  When I read this psalm, the chorus of “Awesome God” comes to mind.  Here’s a responsive reading that combines both:

Congregation Sings: Our God, is an awesome God, He reigns, over heaven and earth, with wisdom, power and love, our God is an Awesome God.

P:         Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones,
C:        ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

P:         Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
C:        worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.

Congregation Sings: Our God, is an awesome God, He reigns, over heaven and earth, with wisdom, power and love, our God is an Awesome God.

P:         The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders,
C:        the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.

P:         The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic.
C:        The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

P:         The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning.
C:        The voice of the LORD shakes the desert;

Congregation Sings: Our God, is an awesome God, He reigns, over heaven and earth, with wisdom, power and love, our God is an Awesome God.

P:         The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare.
C:        And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

P:         The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
C:        the LORD is enthroned as King forever.

P:         The LORD gives strength to his people;
C:        the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Congregation Sings: Our God, is an awesome God, He reigns, over heaven and earth, with wisdom, power and love, our God is an Awesome God.

One thing that we do with these Psalm/Song combinations is the band plays the song softly in the background during the responsive readings.  In this case, we would play the song verse in the background and when the congregation’s singing part comes around we increase volume as we approach the chorus.

Psalm 29 is a favorite of mine.  Here’s another responsive reading I did several years ago on the same passage:

https://sjbrown58.wordpress.com/2008/10/16/what-is-the-voice-of-god-%e2%80%93-based-on-psalm-29/

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

Awesome God!


Rich Mullins

Awesome God

Awesome is a word that should be reserved for God only.   I researched the use of this word in the bible and it appears an even 50 times in the OT but not once in the NT.

I’ve always liked the chorus to Richie Mullins song “Awesome God.”  I’ve sung the verses as well but they are a bit more controversial and perhaps even a bit weird.  The following is a responsive reading based on God’s awesomeness and includes the chorus to Mullin’s song.

Pastor:  How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven. – Genesis 28:17
All:      How awesome is the LORD Most High, the great King over all the earth! – Psalm 47:2

Congregation Sings:
Our God, is an awesome God, he reigns from heaven above, with wisdom, power and love our God is an Awesome God.

Pastor:  Who among the gods is like you, O LORD ? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? – Exodus 15:11
All:      For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. – Deuteronomy 10:17

Congregation Sings:
Our God, is an awesome God, he reigns from heaven above, with wisdom, power and love our God is an Awesome God.

Pastor:  You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God! – Psalm 68:35
All:      You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, – Psalm 65:5

Congregation Sings:
Our God, is an awesome God, he reigns from heaven above, with wisdom, power and love our God is an Awesome God.

 

Never sung contemporary pieces before?  No problem.  This one is easy and everyone knows it.   And even if you only have a closet guitarist, this one is still possible.  Here’s the chords to accompany the chorus (also have your guitarist capo this at the second fret so that everyone can sing along):

(Em) Our (C) God, is an (G) awesome God, he (Dsus) reigns (D) from (Em) heaven above, with (C) wisdom, (G) power and love our (Am) God is an (Bm) Awesome (Em) God.

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

CCLI Song No. 41099

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