Liturgy, Psalms, Revised Songbird Version

Litany on Psalm 121

(A collusion amongst the KJV, the NRSV, but ultimately the Revised Songbird Version.)

Reader One: I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help.

All: We lift up our eyes to the hills — from where will our help come?

Reader Two: Where *does* our help come from?

Reader One: Our help comes from God, who made heaven and earth.

Women: God who keeps us will not slumber.

Reader Two: God will not slumber?

Reader One: God keeps watch over all people and will not slumber *or* sleep.

Men: God is our keeper. God is our shade, right beside us.

Reader Two: Right beside us?

Reader One: Yes. Right beside. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

All: God is always with us.

Reader One: God will preserve you from all evil. 

Right Side: God will take care of our souls.

Left Side: God will keep our lives.

Reader Two: Even my life?

Reader One: Even that. God will keep your going in and your coming out, always.

All: God will preserve us, going out and coming in, in this time and forevermore.

6 thoughts on “Litany on Psalm 121”

  1. Very nice … the questions could be campy, but they’re not; they’re simple and sincere.

  2. Joshua, my 15 year old daughter is going to be Reader Two, and we discussed the tone required: wide-eyed and amazed, as if hearing about God for the first time. Thanks for your feedback.
    MB, I feel lucky to be there, and hope we will all benefit from some creative approaches to scripture.

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