Prayer: In the quiet still night and busy hours of the day, we sing our praises to you, dear God. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 97 (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: I don’t know the context to which this Psalm was written, but because we are near Christmas, when I read this to write this devotional writing, I imagined this being sung by the angels in the fields where the shepherds were keeping watch over the flocks by night. I know this was not the case, but it was interesting to think about the praises to God being sung by those angels.
I know this is a busy time of the year, especially this week. But I think I might take a few minutes and sit down and write my own psalm of praise to God. If I were an angel in that field what would I say or sing? How would I tell the shepherds about Jesus’ birth?
Maybe you’ll take a few minutes to do the same as we get ready for our savior’s birth! --Chad Hershberger
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