Prayer: God, help me remember you are with me wherever I go. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 84 (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?
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. Psalm 84: 10a
There is a line in Billy Joel's song, Piano Man, -..."but there's someplace that he'd rather be." In this case, it is the bartender who wishes he could be in Hollywood. He's sure he could be a movie star.
The Psalmist knows the best place to be. Better is one day in (the LORD's) courts than a thousand elsewhere! In fact, just being a doorkeeper in the house of God and not even in the door is better than being inside the tents of the wicked even if it is raining. (Some interpretation added.)
Where would you rather be or are you there? Remember, no matter where you go, God is in your heart. Dwell in the LORD as the LORD dwells in you. Where else would you rather be? --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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