Prayer: Lord, help me to rejoice in your creation and your love for me.
Reading: Psalm 8 (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: This one takes me back nearly 50 years. We knew that the exam for one of our Old Testament courses in seminary would ask us to write a Psalm from memory. (Psalm 23 was excluded.) So, I memorized Psalm 8. For no particular reason. But how I have been blessed by that psalm.
On those very clear nights when it seems like I can look up and see forever, I am remined that in all that immense, endless beauty of suns and stars, and moons and planets, God thinks I’m special. “Just a little lower than God.” (It was just a little lower than angels in the translation I used 50 years ago.) Wow! Wow! Wow!
It would seem like one could get a swelled head in this experience. But, this psalm keeps us in our place, I think. We experience God’s immense love and grace for us in the midst of the unfathomable universe. It is quite a humbling experience.
I hope it is clear tonight. Go outside and lean back in a chair for a little while—look up. O Lord, our Sovereign , how majestic. --Jim Bricker
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