December 21, 2016: Sing! Sing! Sing!
Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on December 23, 2015.
Prayer: Help me to sing your praises, O Lord.
Reading: Psalm 96 (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: King David, I think, would have enjoyed Christmas services. We sing Christmas hymns with the greatest gusto. And for the psalmist, the whole world rejoices: heavens, earth, sea, field, forests—be glad, rejoice, roar, exult, sing for joy.
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it.
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord; for he is coming,
We gather for Christmas worship, The Nativity of Our Lord, later this week, and the next few Sundays. Sing, sing, sing! Join all of creation in praising the God who chooses to live among us. --Jim Bricker
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