Words of Praise

Psalm 150 adapted from the NIV, KJV, and The Message

Version One

All: Praise!
Reader 1: The Lord.
Reader 2: Praise ye the Lord.
Reader 3: Hallelujah.
Reader 1: God created us in his image to fill the earth.
All: Praise God!
Reader 1: In his sanctuary.
Reader 2: In his sanctuary.
Reader 3: In his holy house of worship.
Reader 2: Although we sin, God welcomes us back into his open arms.
All: Praise him!
Reader 1: In his mighty heavens.
Reader 2: In the firmament of his power.
Reader 3: Under the open skies.
Reader 2: Looking around, we see God in every aspect of creation!
All: Praise him!
Reader 1: For his acts of power.
Reader 2: For his mighty acts.
Reader 3: For his acts of power.
Reader 1: Every day we see him at work in the world.
All: Praise him!
Reader 1: For his surpassing greatness.
Reader 2: According to his excellent greatness.
Reader 3: For his magnificent greatness.
Reader 2: How great is our God that he holds the whole world in his hands?
All: Praise him!
Reader 1: With the sounding of the trumpet.
Reader 2: With the sound of the trumpet.
Reader 3: With a blast on the trumpet.
Reader 3: We have been given voices and gifts to show others God’s love.
All: Praise him!
Reader 1: With the harp and lyre.
Reader 2: With the psaltery and harp.
Reader 3: By strumming soft strings.
Reader 1: We pray for God’s spirit to come upon us and fill us with love and compassion.
All: Praise him!
Reader 1: With timbrel and dancing.
Reader 2: With the timbrel and dance.
Reader 3: With castanets and dance.
Reader 2: Let all we do be for the glory of the one true God.
All: Praise him!
Reader 1: With the strings and pipe.
Reader 2: With stringed instruments and organs.
Reader 3: With banjo and flute.
Reader 3: We remember all that God has done for us.
All: Praise him!
Reader 1: With the clash of cymbals.
Reader 2: Upon the loud cymbals.
Reader 3: With cymbals and a big bass drum.
Reader 1: We remember that God sent his Son to die in our place.
All: Praise him!
Reader 1: With resounding cymbals.
Reader 2: Upon the high-sounding cymbals.
Reader 3: With fiddles and mandolin.
Reader 2: We remember how Jesus rose again to save us from our sins.
All: Let everything that has breath.
Reader 1: Everything.
Reader 2: Every. Thing.
Reader 3: Every living, breathing thing.
All: Praise the Lord!
—Psalm 150, adapted from the NIV, KJV, and The Message by Rebecca Bokma

Version Two

All: Praise!
Reader 1: The Lord.
Reader 2: The Lord of all.
Reader 3: Sing Hallelujah!
Reader 1: To the One who is the source and goal of all things.
All: Praise God!
Reader 1: In the sanctuary.
Reader 2: In the holy house of worship.
Reader 3: In the great assembly.
Reader 2: Where we gather to praise God’s name.
All: Praise him!
Reader 1: In his mighty heavens.
Reader 2: Where his mighty power is on display.
Reader 3: Under the open skies.
Reader 2: The whole creation shouts God’s praise!
All: Praise the Creator!
Reader 1: For his mighty acts.
Reader 2: That reveals the Creator’s awesome power.
Reader 3: And faithful love.
Reader 1: Holding all of creation in his powerful hand.
All: Praise the Lord!
Reader 1: For his surpassing greatness.
Reader 2: According to his excellent greatness.
Reader 3: Beyond all that we can think or imagine.
Reader 2: For God is the one who holds the universe in his hands!
All: Praise the Holy One!
Reader 1: With a blast on the trumpet.
Reader 2: With the beat of the drum.
Reader 3: With voices that sing out the wonders of God’s love.
Reader 2: The gift of music is the language of our praise.
All: Praise him!
Reader 1: With the harp and lyre.
Reader 2: With strumming soft strings.
Reader 3: With the sweet trill of the flute.
Reader 1: Prayerfully sighing for Spirit to fill us with God’s love.
All: Praise him!
Reader 1: With the graceful movement of the dance.
Reader 2: Arms raised in worship.
Reader 3: Eager, moving feet.
Reader 2: Let our bodies give glory to the one true God.
All: Praise the Holy One!
Reader 1: With guitars and mandolin.
Reader 2: With pianos and organs.
Reader 3: With banjo and fiddle.
Reader 2: Echoing all that God has done for us.
All: Praise the Lord!
Reader 1: With the clash of cymbals.
Reader 2: Loud cymbals.
Reader 3: With cymbals and a big bass drum.
Reader 1: Praise Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
All: Praise to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit!
Reader 3: Let everything that has breath.
Reader 1: Everything.
Reader 2: Every. Thing.
Reader 3: Every living, breathing thing.
All: Praise the Lord!
—Psalm 150, adapted from the NIV, KJV, and The Message by Rebecca Bokma

Rebecca Bokma is a recent graduate of Redeemer University’s music and theater programs and is currently a student in the M.Div. Distance Learning program at Calvin Theological Seminary.