Prayer: O Lord, we are so glad we can come to you with our cares and concerns. Then with trust in your unfailing love, we may yet be able to sing. Thank you for your goodness to us. Amen
Reading: Psalm 13 (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: You really have to wonder how the Psalmist can go from utter despair to a song in 6 verses, but that is Psalm 13. Yes, if you skipped reading the text today because it's a WHOLE chapter, go back and read it. It's only 6 verses long. Six packed verses going from feeling forgotten to knowing unfailing love; enemies triumphing to trusting; sorrow to rejoicing. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me. (v. 6)
The Psalmist asks how long the Lord will forget him? Not that long. Not at all really. Well, then sing. --Ruth Gates
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