Thanksgiving Responsive Reading Psalm 107

A couple years ago I arranged Psalm 107 as a responsive reading for one of our Thanksgiving services. It is clear that some of the Psalms in the Bible were meant to be read responsively in worship. Perhaps Psalm 107 is one of these Psalms.

This reading alternates between two readers and the whole congregation.

  • READER 1 reads those parts of the Psalm which describe the distress of the Lord’s redeemed before they cried out to the Lord.
  • READER 2 reads those parts which describe how the Lord saved the redeemed out of their distress.
  • The PEOPLE read those parts which encourage the redeemed to give thanks to the Lord for his love and deliverance.

PSALM 107 – A RESPONSIVE READING FOR THANKSGIVING

READER 1: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

PEOPLE: Let the redeemed of the LORD say this — those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.

READER 1: Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away.

READER 2: Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle.

PEOPLE: Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

READER 1: Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains, for they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High. So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help.

READER 2: Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains.

PEOPLE: Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.

READER 1: Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death.

READER 2: Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.

PEOPLE: Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.

READER 1: Others went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the LORD, his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits’ end.

READER 2: Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.

PEOPLE: Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders.

READER 1: He turned rivers into a desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground, and fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the wickedness of those who lived there.

READER 2: He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs; there he brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle. They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest; he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and he did not let their herds diminish.

READER 1: Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow; he who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste.

READER 2: But he lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks. The upright see and rejoice, but all the wicked shut their mouths.

EVERYONE: GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD; HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!

Feel free to use this as a resource for your own Thanksgiving celebration this year. You can also download it as a bulletin insert here. “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever!” (Psalm 107:1)

Note: Click here to learn about The Bible Memory Version, a new tool developed especially for Bible memory.

2 Comments

  1. eclexia says:

    Thanks for laying this out in this way. This song is very powerful and has brought me deep comfort in some of my darkest times. It touches me in every version I read it in. Once, in the middle of a difficult move, a friend asked me over to her house right before we left, and read this Psalm as a blessing over me. I agreed then and still say now, “Thank you God, for you are good. Your love endures forever.” I look forward to reading this with my children in this responsive way.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    eclexia

    You’re welcome! I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving.

Leave a Reply