This journaling worship activity encourages worshipers to come up with their own psalm of praise. Pass out the pdf you find below and play some soft music to cut down on distractions while they are working. Give worshipers a few minutes and then ask them to get into groups and share their psalm. Smaller groups can have people share one lone of their psalm out loud for the entire group.
(here is the text of the .pdf)
Create Your Own Psalm
I will praise You, O God, for You are _______and __________ and _______________
___________ is the Lord and worthy of Praise!The Lord my God has ________________________________________
He has shown his love to me by ________________________________ and by____________________________________
His works declare that he is _______________I will praise the Lord because to me.
He is____________ and _________ and ________and __________ and ________ and _______!
HOW IT WENT
A simple report of when I used it at my church.
Yesterday morning I preached on Psalm 145 and talked about the glory and greatness of God. I was talking about how one of the ways that we can see the greatness of God is by looking at his works. He has worked in creation (I walked through pictures of some remarkable creature), but not only did he work through creation, but He also works in the lives of people, (I did a quick tour of a couple of God’s works in the Bible). Then I said that not only does God work in creation and in the lives of people in the Bible, but God works in our own lives as well.
Then I had them complete the “Create Your Own Psalm” sheet while our pianist played softly. After they had a moment to write I read Psalm 145:4 and said that we were going to take the advice of David and proclaim God’s word among the generations. I asked the church to get into groups of 3 or 4 (more people in a group takes more time so I wanted to keep the groups small). The only rule was that they had to have at least 3 different generations in their group. Once in their group they were to share the Psalm that they had written.
The whole process went over well. People didn’t take the whole “3 different generations” thing very seriously, but looking around the room there was a good blending of the generations. It was fun to see people who don’t normally interact sharing stories, laughter, and worship together. One guy in the early service even got up and walked out, I don’t know if that was because of what I was doing, but for some reason that made me smile too.
Actually, I know why that made me smile. You see there are some people who come to church and think that is all that they need to do. They simply need to come and sit and listen and leave. But I believe that church and worship should require something of you. You aren’t just a spectator you are a participant. We come together as a body to share our voices, our stories, or lives and that can’t be done passively. Coming to church should cost you something (and I’m not talking about the offering) it should make you uncomfortable sometimes and make you cry sometimes, and it should always make you see God and respond to him in a new way.