Reader’s Theater: Psalm 37

Lighthouse photograph by Jean Guichard

Reader’s Theater Script for Psalm 37:1-16 (NLT)
With verse 39 as a congregational response
For three voices and congregation

VOICE ONE:
Don’t worry about the wicked. Don’t envy those who do wrong.
For like grass, they soon fade away. Like springtime flowers, they soon wither.

VOICE TWO:
Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you your heart’s desires.

VOICE THREE:
Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust Him, and He will help you.
He will make your innocence as clear as the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

ALL:
The LORD saves the godly; He is their fortress in times of trouble.

VOICE ONE:
Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for Him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.

VOICE TWO:
Stop your anger! Turn from your rage! Do not envy others — it only leads to harm.
For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the LORD will possess the land.

VOICE THREE:
In a little while, the wicked will disappear. Though you look for them, they will be gone.
Those who are gentle and lowly will possess the land;
They will live in prosperous security.

ALL:
The LORD saves the godly; He is their fortress in times of trouble.

VOICE ONE:
The wicked plot against the godly; they snarl at them in defiance.
But the Lord just laughs, for He sees their day of judgment coming.

VOICE TWO:
The wicked draw their swords and string their bows to kill the poor and the oppressed, to slaughter those who do right.
But they will be stabbed through the heart with their own swords,
and their bows will be broken.

VOICE THREE:
It is better to be godly and have little than to be evil and possess much.
For the strength of the wicked will be shattered, but the LORD takes care of the godly.

ALL:
The LORD saves the godly; He is their fortress in times of trouble.

Consider following this reading with one or more verses of A Mighty Fortress is Our God, United Methodist Hymnal # 110.

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For a devotion and original prayer based on Psalm 37, click here

Psalm 37 (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.

arrangement © 2012 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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