James & Laughing
Worship Leader: Given the rough road some of us have
traveled recently, we turn to Psalm 90 for these appropriate words
to guide us into worship. Each verse will be read in the poetic
style of the old King James Version, followed a more contemporary
paraphrase. Listen and be led by the Word of God.
Voice 1: So teach us to number our days,
that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Voice 2: Teach us to value each and every day, LORD,
so that we will be wise enough to make the most of them.
Voice 1: Return, O LORD, how long?
and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
Voice 2: It’s time for a change, LORD.
Hasn’t this gone on long enough?
For pity’s sake, it’s time to give us a break.
Voice 1: O satisfy us early with thy mercy;
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Voice 2: Let a new day dawn
and give us our fill of your love and loyalty,
so that our lives may be full of smiles and laughter
till the end of our days.
Voice 1: Make us glad according to the days wherein thou
hast afflicted us,
and the years wherein we have seen evil.
Voice 2: Give us more days of happiness
than the days of suffering you sent.
May the years where evil reigned
be cancelled out by years of joy.
Voice 1: Let thy work appear unto thy servants,
and thy glory unto their children.
Voice 2: Make your actions clear to those of us in your
let your children see your strength in all its glory.
Voice 1: And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon
and establish thou the work of our hands upon us;
yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
Voice 2: Put us in your good books, O Lord our God,
and give us a rich return for all our labour —
may the work of our hands turn to gold!
Worship Leader: Stand, as God makes you able, and sing a
hymn based upon the first 11 verses of this same psalm. Let’s sing
it as a bright song of praise on this resurrection day.
Laughing Bird Version ©2002
Nathan Nettleton www.laughingbird.net