Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions. This one reflects on the camper’s Bible story for today, Psalm 23. It was first published on April 14, 2016.
Prayer: Shepherding Lord, goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives. Absolutely! Amen
Reading: Psalm 23 (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: I have written before how when I was young, I could not figure out why Psalm 23 started out sounding like I did not want the Lord. Then eventually I learned it was really saying that with the Lord as my Shepherd I will not be in want. Now, that made more sense. I have everything I need!
I will now confess I was also confused with the ending of Psalm 23. Because I learned verse 6 by singing, not reading it, I thought surely, goodness and mercy were three separate things. I understood goodness and mercy but I had no idea what surely was. Then eventually I learned surely was an adverb and not a noun like goodness and mercy. Surely describes how goodness and mercy will follow me and meant most certainly; without a doubt. Now that made more sense. Absolutely! Goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life! --Ruth Gates
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