I enjoy reading the bible daily, more so the book of Psalms when I want to affirm my faith. As a seasoned Christian, I have become quite acquainted with most if not all ways of affirming faith in the lord.
The confirmation ceremony particularly comes to heart as that is when I truly gave my life to Christ as a young boy.
As such, I would like to share my knowledge of Psalms to read during the confirmation ceremony.
8 psalms verses to read for confirmation.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.”
In this verse, David declares that the lord is his shepherd, and he shall not want. David acknowledges that he is the lord’s sheep and hence emphasizes that the lord would provide, defend, and care for him.
You can read this verse during the confirmation ceremony as a reminder to incorporate trust in the lord that we can always depend on God all the time.
“Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.”
Here the psalmist, David says that he will praise the lord’s name forever and ever. David piles praises on God and vows to continue doing so till the day he dies.
This verse reminds us that we should always praise the lord regardless of circumstances. This verse can be used during confirmation to emphasize the importance of consistently praising the lord through all seasons be it good or bad.
“Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord.”
In this scripture, the psalmist urges all people to praise the lord. The psalm sends a strong missionary message, urging everyone to praise the lord and not only dedicated Christians.
The verse is a good verse to read during confirmation as it bids us to praise, share and spread the mercies revealed in Jesus to all people and nations.
“One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds. They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.”
David the psalmist in these verses speaks on one generation praising the works of the lord on another generation. David says he would meditate on God’s glorious splendour, and wondrous works and declare His greatness.
The verse can be a good read during the confirmation ceremony as it urges one to make sure to pass along the word to the young generation as they affirm their belief in the lord.
“Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen. I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you. You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!”
David having been delivered promises to glorify and praise the God of deliverance to his brethren. This verse is a good read during the confirmation ceremony as it urges believers to glorify God after their deliverance to others.
This verse also illustrates that despite the trials and tribulations the lord delivers His people and that they should always be faithful.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
In this holy writing, the psalmist envisions how God has provided and been good to him in the presence of his enemies. This verse illuminates how you should have foresight that God would care and cater for one’s needs in abundance despite the situation.
This verse can be read during confirmation to put everything in perspective so as not to lose faith in God even when in conflict; it inspires hope and faith.
“All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you. They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.”
In this verse, David declares that all of God’s works shall praise Him. This verse speaks of the Lord’s might and glorious majesty and how God’s people should be grateful while praising the lord.
This verse can be used during the confirmation ceremony as a reminder to believers to praise the lord with all their might hence boosting faith in God.
“for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations. All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who cannot keep themselves alive. Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!”
David in these verses speaks on how the lord rules over all nations as the kingdom is His. This urges Christians to exalt and honor the Lord’s name since God is the most powerful being in the universe.
This verse can be read during the confirmation ceremony as it instils confidence in God’s power and authority.
How to use psalms in confirmation ceremony
Psalms are used in confirmation ceremonies by using responsorial psalms. These responsorial psalms are said or read antiphonal psalms by the mass during the ceremony.
The antiphons are often written with children in mind. The verses are set to simple psalm tones for a group of singers who lead the congregation in the hymns.
The antiphonal psalms have melodies that are easy to sing along to and are accompanied by activities such as clapping. They are accompanied by playing musical instruments such as a keyboard or a guitar.
It is recommendable that the parents and family of the group celebrating the confirmation are taught the antiphon. This ensures that they fully participate in the ceremony.
You can get more information on the antiphons in the Responsorial Psalms of Confirmation.
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