Prayer: Dear God, you are our rock and our refuge. Hear us as we pour out our hearts before you. Help us to wait in you for hope that will not be shaken. Amen
Reading: Psalm 62:5-12 (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: When I was young, I played on a pile of rocks with my cousins. How can I describe it? It was a big pile of big rocks. My uncle had intentions of building a rock wall around a patio so he literally had a big pile of big rocks in the side yard. I am not sure how my aunt felt about that pile of rocks but the cousins absolutely loved it. Some kids had treehouses. We had a rock pile. It was big enough to imagine doorways, hallways and even separate rooms. One rock was big enough to be a table; another was the size of a sofa. We had endless hours of living in our rock house. I secretly hoped my uncle would never get around to finishing that patio wall. What an indestructible fortress; what a great place to play! We could have weathered any storm and I am sure there were times when we hid from my aunt as she called us in for dinner.
Psalm 62 is a song of trust in God alone. David, in the years when he was an outlaw from King Saul, had hideouts in rocks in the desert and strongholds for defense. He was an experienced fighter and knew the value of such defenses. David recognized, however, that he owed his safety to God, his true rock and fortress. The same is for us.
For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.
Psalm 62: 5-7
--Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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