Create Your Own Psalm

Create Your Own Psalm

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.

Create Your Own Psalm (.pdf)

(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 _______!


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.

Seed Prayer Stations

Seed Prayer Stations

Each of these stations are designed to lead participants in a self-guided worship experience. These were written specifically to be used with the SEED worship outline, but can be used on their own as well.

How it Works

  • Create a space for each station. The station will dictate what sort of space is required, but normally a table containing the instructions and materials will be sufficient.
  • Spread the stations out around your room so that participants will be able to move freely between them.
  • Include space around your room for participants to simply sit and worship too
  • Spend some time designing your stations with material, candles, and other elements that seem appropriate.
  • Print the instructions for each station and place them where they can be seen easily.
  • Place the materials on each station. (If something is going to be used and placed back you may need only a few of them, if something will be used and taken you will need as many as you have participants)
  • Play some soft music while people are engaged with the stations to cut down on distractions and help keep people focused.
  • All of these stations need a Bible so you may want to just make sure everyone has one before you start


  • small dry erase boards
  • dry erase markers
  • some sort of cloth or eraser
  • Bibles


Take one of the dry erase boards from this table and a dry erase marker, find a Bible and a quiet place to be by yourself. If there aren’t any dry erase boards come back in a few moments.

As we look to move into this new year it is important to start with a clean slate. Read 1 John 1:9. Confession is really just our agreeing with God that we have messed up. Think back over the past year and search your heart for sins that you haven’t owned up to yet. Most of us try to justify the things that we do wrong in our lives. Don’t try to make excuses just stand tall before God and admit that you have messed up. Make a list of the things you have done wrong on your board.

Once your list is complete read 1 John 1:9 again. All of those sins that you have been holding on to God wants to forgive. Pray and ask God to forgive you of each specific sin wiping it off the board as you do.

Now look at the board that you are holding. It is a clean slate. That is the same as your life. The wonderful, scandalous thing about God’s grace is that He continually makes your heart fresh and new. Go into this year rejoicing that God has forgive you and given you a new clean life.

Once you are finished take the board and marker back to the table.



  • pens


Take this sheet, a pen, and a Bible and find a place to sit by yourself

Read Psalm 100

Around the start of a new year it seems that everywhere you turn you see another list: top 10 videos of the year, top 15 reality show moments, etc. Use this time to make your own list about the past year. Using the back of this sheet, come up with 25 things that you can thank God for that happened this year. These things can be little or big don’t worry about trying to think of the perfect thing just let your gratitude flow from your heart.

Once you have finished attach your list to the wall with the others. You may want to spend some time reading what others are thankful for and add your gratitude to theirs.


  • An outline of a butterfly on sheets of paper (the simpler the better because participants will be cutting it out)
  • scissors
  • pens/markers


Get a Bible and find a seat here at this table.

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17

If you are in Christ you are a new creation. Too often we forget that we are to be something different, that we aren’t like everyone else, that we have been changed. At the start of this new year it is a good time for you to remember that you have been made new.

Take one of the butterfly outlines and cut it out. As you are cutting think about what new things God is calling you to this year. Are there some things that you need to remove from your life? Are there some actions that you need to start taking?

Once you have cut out the butterfly on the left wing write some of the things that you need to remove from your life. On the right wing write the things that you feel God telling you that you need to start doing. Don’t make decisions so outrageous that you can’t possibly live up to them. For instance God probably isn’t calling you to read your Bible for 5 hours a day, but he may be telling you to read a little every day.

Once you have created your resolutions list take your Butterfly home with you and put it somewhere that you can see it everyday to remind you of the fact that you are a new creation.



Take this sheet, the “Create Your Own Psalm” sheet, a pen, and a Bible to a place where you can sit by yourself.

Too many times we come into worship and we simply recite the words of others. While it isn’t bad to use songs that others have written there is something special when you use words that come from your own heart.

As we look at this new year spend some time and compose your own new psalm of praise to God. You can use the outline provided or you can come up with a totally new psalm. Once you have finished take it home as a reminder to continual find new ways to praise God this year.