_Prayer: Praise to you, awesome LORD!...To you belongs eternal praise. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 111 (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: This is a great Psalm. One more of those "go to" Psalms for when you just want to praise the Lord but don't want to come up with your own words at the moment. This one works. However, I do put in one word of my own. Being the scaredy-cat that I am, verse 10 - The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom..." does not always set well. I do not need one more thing to fear. Aren't there enough spiders already? Really!
Thankfully, somewhere along the way I heard a sermon about the fear of the LORD as similar to being in awe of the LORD. Oh, am I so glad I was there that Sunday! So I rephrase verse 10 - Being in awe of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom... And seeing as the verse just claims awesome is his name, it even flows well and seems just right.
Praise the awesome LORD! --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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