Prayer: Dear God, may our pride be in the name of the LORD! Amen
Reading: Psalm 20 (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: Who doesn’t pray for victory in times of trouble or protection in times of attack? Psalm 20 is all about sending help, giving support, granting heart’s desires, fulfilling plans, rising and standing upright. The Lord will help his anointed but there is that one verse that might just make you think it might not look exactly as expected.
Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God. (20:7)
It’s like when Sam, in movie version of The Lord of the Rings, receives a gift of real Elvish rope and asks, “Have you run out of those nice, shiny daggers?” For the dangerous journey and nearly impossible task ahead of them, he is thinking weapons would be more helpful. In the book, the rope is much appreciated and valued. “Never travel far without a rope. (It) may be a help in many needs.” Surely a rope is something to hold onto!
The Lord will answer in the day of trouble and our pride is in the name of the Lord. Others may have chariots and horses but the name of the Lord is something to hold onto! --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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