Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for being with us in our highs and lows just as you are in high places and low places. Help us to reach up and reach out to you in worship and praise. Amen
Reading: Psalm 99 (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?
Extol the Lord our God; worship at his footstool.
Extol the Lord our God; worship at his holy mountain.
Psalm 99: 5, 10
Psalm 99 speaks of praising God. It reminds us to worship the LORD at his footstool and at his holy mountain. As I thought about that, two different ideas came to mind and both stir and strengthen my faith.
Worship God at his footstool: God is there at out lowest. When we are dragging and have to pull ourselves up; when what we seem to need is just out of reach. Extol the LORD...at his footstool. God is down there with us and we can reach up with hope and faith.
Worship God at his holy mountain. God is there at our highest. When we are feeling on top of the world and our arms are spread out; with everything we can see to embrace. Extol the Lord... at his holy mountain. God is above all and we can reach out with joy and love.
Praise the LORD! --Ruth Gates
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