Prayer: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen
Reading: Psalm 19 (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: Pastors often begin their sermons by saying these words as a prayer ending with an "Amen". The listening congregation then echoes "Amen" and the sermon begins. Surely the pastor wants to speak only what is acceptable to God and certainly our thoughts ought to be acceptable also. It is good to hear the pastor submit to God the message to be shared and good for all of us to keep in mind the same. If only all our words and meditations were acceptable. So many problems would be solved. Most likely many would be avoided to begin with.
With God as our rock and redeemer, we stand on solid ground with the assurance of grace. Therefore our mouths can speak and our hearts can meditate what truly is acceptable. Not just Sunday mornings before sermons but every day all the time. --Ruth Gates
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