Prayer: Trustworthy Lord, our hearts are glad in you alone. Amen
Reading: Psalm 33: 12-22 (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: Given the antagonistic political culture of our country and violently terrorizing condition of our world according to so much of the news these days, it is a wonder any of our hearts can be glad.
Psalm 33:12-22 starts out with, "Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord" and further notes, "He sees all humankind." The Psalmist puts down our vain hope for victory and points out, "(The Lord) is our hope and shield."
Well, that would gladden the heart...until the bad news pours back in again. However, our hearts can be glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. That's the way it has to be. But it's not all up to us. The Psalmist ends with, "Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you." Trust in God's steadfast love which he gives us first. Then our hearts can be glad. --Ruth Gates
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