Psalm 19 starts with the heavens, the sun and it’s ‘tent’, the creation crying out the glory of God, and then it switches suddenly and looks not out the window but down to the written word, the messages of God wrapped up in feeble letters and wobbly grammar. All these games take their inspiration directly from those ideas and specific verses in the text.
Necessary rules – There can be multiple winners and losers, everyone has until to the count of 10 before the winner is announced. Read 1 rule and say go! Judge the winner on all 5 rules. Reveal another rule and repeat.
1. Look at the leaders.
2. Touch something red.
3. Stand on one leg.
5. Be silent.
Link: We have the best life when we know all the instructions, seeing the sun was not enough.
Follow the sun – dim the room and use a large flashlight on the walls. Have the youngsters stretch their body towards the light.
Link: verse 1 “The heavens declare the glory of God.”
Psalm Beat – Using a small section of words from the Psalm as lyrics, have the youngsters make up a tune or a beat to sing the words. Add percussion instruments and work in pairs.
Link: Psalms were songs sung not read.
Charades – a classic game of no words and lots of mime
Link: Verse 3 “There is no speech; there are no words; their voice is not heard.”