As an alternative to singing the entire hymn, consider having the congregation sing only the refrain, with two readers—one male and one female—reading Psalm 34 in responsorial fashion, as follows:
Reader 1: vv. 1-3
Reader 2: vv. 4-6
Reader 1: vv. 7-10
Reader 2: vv. 11-14
Reader 1: vv. 15-18
Reader 2: vv. 19-22
(from Reformed Worship, Issue 48)
This dialogue setting of the first nine verses of Psalm 34 includes a memorable refrain based on verse 8, a verse of testimony and encouragement that can be sung during communion by the whole congregation, with a soloist on the verses.
Author and Composer Information
James E. Moore, Jr., composer, conductor, pianist, and master teacher, currently resides in Vienna, Austria, where he serves as a professional coach and teaches voice and conducting. A native of LaCrosse, Virginia, he holds undergraduate degrees in both Piano and Vocal Music Education. With graduate degrees in piano and choral conducting, James is well known for his masterful work with choirs, ensembles and congregations. His unforgettable songs, like "Taste and See," "I Will Be with You," and “An Irish Blessing” have been sung, recorded, and appear in hymnals throughout the world. Prior to his move to Vienna, he served as Director of Music at St. Agnes Parish in Cincinnati, Ohio, and as Assistant Professor of Music and Liturgy at the Athenaeum of Ohio Theological Seminary.