Big shout out to my buddy Chris Lambuth for leading the worship portion of our Dare 2 Share chapel today. It was one of the most creative worship experiences I’ve ever been through (and nobody sang a song). Chris led our team through a very cool study and exercise in the book of Psalms. It worked well in our large group setting of 25 but was actually designed for small groups.
Here’s what everyone will need:
- Bible (different translations is totally cool, and encouraged)
Here’s how it works:
- Have everyone write their name at the top of their paper
- Then they flip through Psalms and select a random verse
- Have them write the verse and scripture reference on the piece of paper
- Next, everyone passes their paper to the left
- They flip through the Psalms again and select a new random verse
- Again, have them write the verse and scripture reference on the new piece of paper
- Then they pass the paper to the left again
- Repeat the process as many times as needed until everyone receives the paper with their name at the top of it.
The result is a unique and personal passage of scripture that jumps all over the book of Psalms. Again, it is important to emphasize to everyone the need to find different verses in Psalms for each new piece of paper that they receive (if everyone kept writing the same verse everyone would get the same sheet with verses in slightly different orders).
As we had a few volunteers read their sheets to the group it was cool to hear some of the similarities that were present but to also see how God spoke to each individual through the varying verses that had been written on their sheets. There was also and added dimension as we used varying translations of scripture from NKJV to NLT.
It was a cool experience and great way to conduct a non-song time of worship. It’s also cool to sit back and read my “personalized” Psalm that was written today, written in the handwriting of 13 different people who I work with.
Here’s how mine reads:
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Thy name, And deliver us, and forgive our sins, for Thy names sake. Psalm 79:9 Open for me the gates where the righteous enter, and I will go in and thank the LORD. Psalm 118:19 I love you, O LORD, my strength. Psalm 18:1 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely. Psalm 139:4 Let the heavens praise Your wonders, O LORD, Your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! Psalm 89:5 For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver. Psalm 66:10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from Your commands. Psalm 119:10 Then all of the trees of the forest will sing for joy. Psalm 96:12b Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up Your hand. Do not forget the afflicted. Psalm 10:12 I call to the LORD in my distress and He answers me. Psalm 120:1 Surely God is my help. The LORD is the one who sustains me. Psalm 54:4 The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. Psalm 145:18 But you, O LORD, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15