Prayer: Dear God, help us remember you alone are God. Amen
Reading: Psalm 82 (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: Human beings like to think of themselves as godlike - able to do whatever they like. From ordinary people to "powers that be", we set ourselves up as little gods. We often see this arrogance in others. We ought to look closer and see it in ourselves. Either way, among the gods, all will die like mortals, and fall like any prince. (v. 7)
So the Psalmist calls, "Rise up, O God, judge the earth; for all the nations belong to you!" (v. 8) We need to get out of God's way in the divine council. We need to get out of our own way walking around in darkness. With the true God, there is justice to the weak and the orphan; rescue for the weak and needy. (from v. 3 & 4)
Instead of living as among the gods, let's live as among God's people. --Ruth Gates
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