Prayer: Oh Lord we cry out to you. Currently, we are still in great need and confusion. We ask that you deliver us from this pandemic and bring us back together again. Help us do the right things to help all your children. We pray in Jesus Name, AMEN.
Reading: Psalm 69:7-10, 16-18 (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?
When I think of Psalms I usually think of praising God, but there are also Psalms of lament. Laments are times when people cry out to God for deliverance from an ordeal. This Psalm is one such Psalm. The psalmist is asking for help from being persecuted. He is very eloquent in his speech. He paints very vivid pictures. Sometimes when I read the Psalms I feel like my prayers are not wordy enough. I get intimidated to pray out loud. Then I realize that if a prayer comes from the heart then that is all that God asks of us. God hears our sighs and our stumblings just as readily has God hears those who are talented in putting words together. Cry out to God with all your heart and ask for help when you are going through a time of suffering. Do not be timid and pray.
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