At my Church, we are presently using the E100 Challenge, with daily bible readings and weekly sermons and small groups following the same theme.
I lead a daytime small group and when studying the Psalms, we were encouraged to compose our own Psalm, using the following instructions:
‘Get the group to write their own Psalm using the following model. Provide each person with a piece of paper, large enough to be folded 7 times. Tell them to write an address of praise to God. Eg ‘God I worship you’, across the top of their piece of paper.
Get everyone to fold back that line of writing, and pass the paper to the person on their left.
Next line everyone writes an aspect of God’s character starting: ‘because you are...’ Fold and pass on.
Next line: Two things about how wonderful creation is. Fold and pass on.
Next line: Something God does for you. Eg ‘You guide me’. Fold and pass on.
Next line: a message to Jesus with because in the middle. Eg ‘I love you because...’ Fold and pass on.
Final line: A resolution. Eg ‘therefore I will’. Pass on and open.’
It’s kind of like the party game of ‘Consequences’ and I confess I didn’t think this approach would work in composing a psalm! However, here is the result of one of them:
‘Loving and marvellous God, I praise you
Because you are so loving and caring.
Lord God, the beauty of your world is breathtaking.
You guide me day by day
Thank you Jesus for being my Saviour and Friend.
Therefore, I will continue to follow you and let my light shine for you.’
It’s not as good as those in the Bible (they are God’s Word, after all), but it kind of works!
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