Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on April 21, 2016.
Prayer: Praise the Lord! Amen.
Reading: Psalm 148 (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: The word Praise is in our reading over and over. I counted and came up with thirteen times. The list of who and what is to praise the Lord covers just about everything imaginable from all people to all creatures to all creation.
I especially like verse 12 as it speaks of young men and young women, old and young together. It makes me think about Camp Mount Luther. The counselors are young men and young women sharing their faith and praising God. As the summer goes along, campers of all ages come - from Pioneers to Empty-Nesters.
Then there are the creatures at camp - birds, fish, deer and more - adding to the praise with their song, grace and beauty. Last is the wonder of all creation we experience through outdoor ministry - the sunrises and sunsets, the shelter of the woods and the view from Buffalo Gap.
Praise is called for over a dozen times in Psalm 148. I can honestly say, I am called to Praise over a dozen times a day at camp; sometimes all before even getting to breakfast! Come to Camp Mount Luther and join the Praise! --Ruth Gates
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