Prayer: Dear God, we hear your promises but sometimes wonder if they match our experiences. Help us to bring our problems to you and know you are the Rock of our salvation. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 89: 20-37 (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: God made huge promises to David and Psalm 89 goes through many of them. Sounds great and wonderful, yes! Still, things did not always go well for David and God's people just as they don't always go well for us. What are we to do then? Doubt the promises?
In reading this Psalm in a study Bible, I came across this note: Only when Jesus came centuries later did Israel see God fulfill these promises to honor and love a "son of David" as his own Son (verses 26-29). That seems like a long time to wait. However, God is the Rock of (our) salvation. Rocks last a long time, too. So we can stand on His promises as long as needed. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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