Here’s a readers’ theatre setting of Psalm 77 from Eugene Peterson’s The Message. It comes from the One Mind Mental Illness Ministry website.
Readers’ Theatre: Psalm 77
Cong: I yell out to my God,
I yell with all my might,
I yell at the top of my lungs.
1: He listens.
2: I found myself in trouble and went looking for my Lord;
my life was an open wound that wouldn’t heal.
When friends said, “Everything will turn out all right,”
I didn’t believe a word they said.
3: I remember God—and shake my head.
I bow my head—then wring my hands.
I’m awake all night—not a wink of sleep;
I can’t even say what is bothering me.
1: I go over the days one by one,
I ponder the years gone by.
I strum my lute all through the night,
wondering how to get my life together.
Cong: Will the Lord walk off and leave us for good?
Will he never smile again?
Is his love worn threadbare?
Has his salvation promise burned out?
2: Has God forgotten his manners?
Has he angrily stalked off and left us?
3: “Just my luck,” I said.
“The High God goes out of business just the moment I need him.”
1: Once again I’ll go over what God has done,
lay out on the table the ancient wonders;
I’ll ponder all the things you’ve accomplished,
and give a long, loving look at your acts.
Cong: O God! Your way is holy!
No god is great like God!
You’re the God who makes things happen;
you showed everyone what you can do—
2: You pulled your people out of the worst kind of trouble,
rescued the children of Jacob and Joseph.
3: Ocean saw you in action, God,
saw you and trembled with fear;
Deep Ocean was scared to death.
Cong: Clouds belched buckets of rain,
Sky exploded with thunder,
your arrows flashing this way and that.
1: From Whirlwind came your thundering voice,
Lightning exposed the world,
Earth reeled and rocked.
2: You strode right through Ocean,
walked straight through roaring Ocean,
but nobody saw you come or go.
All: Hidden in the hands of Moses and Aaron,
You led your people like a flock of sheep.
Now, lead us O God. Lead us into this season of hope and promise.
~ from Bonnie Kinschner’s Blue Christmas Service. From One Mind Mental Illness Ministry, http://www.onemindmentalillnessministry.com/resources.html