Prayer: Listening God, you hear all we pray to you. In the end, restore us and save us. Amen
Reading: Psalm 80: 1-2, 8-19 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: "Give ear." We ask God to listen and He does. He listens to everything we pray. Good and bad. If you read all the verses of Psalm 80, you will actually hear a bit of questioning and complaining. The Psalmist began with a polite and proper, "Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,..." but as he goes along, it sounds like he really wanted to say, "Listen up, Lord!"
This is what we see happening, Lord, and let's get this straight. We talk; God listens. But what is the last request in this Psalm? Restore us and save us. Regardless of what is going on and whether or not it gets straightened out, we are restored and saved. It is our turn to give ear or listen up to that. --Ruth Gates
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