Reader's Theater: Psalm 7

Psalm 7 by Moshe Tzvi HaLevi Berger from The Museum of Psalms, Jerusalem

Reader’s Theater Script for Psalm 7 (NLT)
For two voices and congregation or soloist

For a PDF of this script, click here
For a devotion based on Psalm 7, click here

CONGREGATION OR SOLOIST:
Traditional setting: Saranam, Saranam, refrain only or refrain and verse 1
Contemporary setting: Please be my Strength, verse 1 and chorus
Instrumental music continues under the Scripture reading.

VOICE ONE
I come to you for protection, O LORD my God.
Save me from my persecutors — rescue me!
If you don’t, they will maul me like a lion,
tearing me to pieces with no one to rescue me.

VOICE TWO
O LORD my God, if I have done wrong or am guilty of injustice,
If I have betrayed a friend or plundered my enemy without cause,
Then let my enemies capture me.
Let them trample me into the ground.
Let my honor be left in the dust.

CONGREGATION OR SOLOIST:
Traditional setting: Saranam, Saranam, refrain only or refrain and verse 2
Contemporary setting: Please be my Strength, verse 2 and chorus
Instrumental music continues under the Scripture reading.

VOICE ONE:
Arise, O LORD, in anger!
Stand up against the fury of my enemies!
Wake up, my God, and bring justice!
Gather the nations before you.
Sit on your throne high above them.
The LORD passes judgment on the nations.

VOICE TWO:
Declare me righteous, O LORD,
For I am innocent, O Most High!
End the wickedness of the ungodly, but help all those who obey you.
For you look deep within the mind and heart, O righteous God.
God is my shield, saving those whose hearts are true and right.
God is a judge who is perfectly fair.

CONGREGATION OR SOLOIST:
Traditional setting: Saranam, Saranam, refrain only or refrain and verse 3
Contemporary setting: Please be my Strength, verse 3 and chorus
Instrumental music continues under the Scripture reading.

VOICE ONE
God is angry with the wicked every day.
If a person does not repent, God will sharpen his sword;
He will bend and string his bow.
He will prepare his deadly weapons and ignite his flaming arrows.
The wicked conceive evil;
They are pregnant with trouble and give birth to lies.
They dig a pit to trap others and then fall into it themselves.
They make trouble, but it backfires on them.
They plan violence for others, but it falls on their own heads.

VOICE TWO
I will thank the LORD because he is just;
I will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.

CONGREGATION OR SOLOIST:
Traditional setting: Saranam, Saranam, refrain only or refrain and verse 4
Contemporary setting: Please be my Strength, chorus twice

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For a devotion based on Psalm 7, click here

Psalm 7 (NLT) from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Saranam, Saranam (Refuge). United Methodist Hymnal #523. Words: Traditional Pakistani. Music: Traditional Punjabi melody. Translation and arrangement by permission of the Christian Conference of Asia

Please be my Strength by Gungor from their album Beautiful Things

Compilation © 2012 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution. Contact Lisa for posting and publication considerations.

For more information on the use of the music, scripture translation, art and this resource in other settings, please refer to the copyright information page.

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