Apr 5, 2013

Responsive Litany: Psalm 148

Here’s a responsive paraphrase of Psalm 148 from Calvin Seerveld.

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord all the way down from heaven
and all the way back!
Praise the Lord!
All angels—all God’s veteran angels praise the Lord!
Sun and moon, praise the Lord!
Every star alight, praise the Lord!
Endless end of the sky and hidden reach of the oceans,
praise the Lord!
They shall praise the name of the Lord
for the Lord commanded, and they were created.
God set them up forever.
God made them an ordinance which they do not overstep.

Praise the Lord, every crack in the earth!
All you dragons, whirlpools, and burning fires,
hail, snow, and smoke,
wind wedded to the storm blowing where God speaks,
you mountain and little hills everywhere,
fruit trees and all cedars,
all wild animals, all animals near the house,
you snakes and birds on the wing:
Praise the name of the Lord!

Rulers and judges on the earth, every nation,
you young fellows, you young women,
the older ones with gray in the hair, and any children:
let them praise the name of our God,
because only God’s name is to be praised.
God’s glory soars beyond earth and heaven itself.
The Lord God will shoulder the weakness of God’s people.
And the Lord shall shore up praise
for all God’s lowly faithful ones,
for the sons and daughters of Israel,
the folk that stay close to the Lord.

—Calvin Seerveld, Voicing God’s Psalms. Posted on the Reformed Worship website.

Voicing God's Psalms available here:  http://www.amazon.com/Voicing-Institute-Christian-Worship-Liturgical/dp/080282806X