Prayer: Oh Lord, you are our stronghold. We put our trust in you. Amen
Reading: Psalm 9:9-20 (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: The footnote at the bottom of the page in my Bible says, “Psalm 9 and 10 may have been originally a single acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.” Perhaps this was a memory device to help the people remember God’s power and justice. Verse 9 states, (The Lord is) a stronghold in times of trouble. Since most of us don’t know Hebrew, let’s work with the word stronghold:
Seek the Lord.
Trust in Him.
Rejoice in the salvation of God.
O Lord, I will praise you with all my heart.
Nations have fallen into the pit they have dug.
God reigns forever.
He has established his throne for judgement.
O Most High, I will sing praise to your name.
Let the nations be judged in your presence.
Declare your praises!
--Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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