Prayer: I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart! Amen.
Reading: Psalm 138 (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: I think today I shall simply focus on Question 2. What delights me in this text? Psalm 138 is good for that. From start to finish it is a Psalm of praise and thanksgiving. It begins with what I will do: praise God with all my heart. It ends with what God will do: fulfill his purpose for me. I really don’t have much else to write or say about all this. God’s love endures forever and that is enough to know.
One thing I do find curious. The second part of the first verse: before the gods I will sing your praise. What gods could David be talking about and what are the “little g” gods in our lives? Job security, financial stability, strong health, popularity, fancy house, shoe-shopping, dark chocolate… I know I have gone from serious to silly here but before these gods, we are to sing praises to God alone. To God be the glory! Amen. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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