Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on July 24, 2014.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to look to you and your strength. May we seek your face always. Thank you for the wonders you have done. We praise you! Amen.
Reading: Reading - Psalm 105: 1-11, 45b (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?
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. (verse 4)
I just joined Gold's Gym a couple months ago. Needless to say there is a lot of intense cardio and weight training equipment there for heavy duty serious work outs. Almost intimidating! I am simply trying to get back in shape. I’m coming up on a milestone birthday next month and want to feel strong going into that next decade. So far, so good. Strength for the body!
The Psalmist reminds us where to look for a different kind of strength: the Lord's strength. We are to look to the Lord; seek his face. Strength for the soul!
Soul strength helps us to love God and our neighbor. Soul strength leads us to be thankful and to call on the Lord's name. Soul strength helps us through danger, disease and despair. Soul strength reminds us to praise and worship as we humbly remember and tell of the wonders God has done. Praise the Lord! --Ruth Gates
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