Prayer: Lord, may we hear your voice of love in the midst of your law. Amen
Reading: Psalm 119: 105-112 (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: Psalm 119 is a long, love poem about God's law. A love poem about law? How can that be? Most people admit rules are necessary but sometimes follow them begrudgingly. However, the Psalmist says, "Your decrees...are the joy of my heart" (verse 111).
From a study Bible, I read this: "God's laws channel God's love into the poet's life. They protect him from doing wrong and give him wisdom to understand his situation. They make new life flow into him. No wonder he writes with such thankfulness. In God's word he finds more than direction. He finds God himself." What may seem to be a dusty, rulebook is really a voice of love. --Ruth Gates
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