Prayer: When we think we have to be strong, remind us we need to love. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 147 (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 Lord is a God of strength and that is the focus of this Psalm 147. But verses 10 and 11 remind us that power is not what really impresses or pleases God. Instead, God wants to be in relationship with those who respond to his love.
His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the speed of the runner;
but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.
The 2018 Winter Olympics are coming up soon. I am always in awe of the strength, speed and skill of the athletes. Yet, even more I am impressed with their love for their sport and determination to be and do their best. If medals were given for those whose hearts were in it 100%, more would receive Gold for sure.
In our love for the Lord, who is strong and powerful, being in relationship...knowing His love, loving back and sharing that love with others...is Gold! --Ruth Gates
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