Prayer: LORD, you are our rock and redeemer. May all we say and all our thoughts be acceptable to you. Amen
Reading: Psalm 19 (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?
Let the words of my mouth and the
meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
Psalm 19: 14
I've heard pastors pray these words before beginning to preach and it is good to know his or her hope is the message will be acceptable to God. Our pastor now switches the possessive pronoun in the middle by saying, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of our heart(s) be acceptable..." Oh right, I have a part in this, too. What am I thinking in my heart while listening to the sermon? Is my heart open to God's Word being shared or are the meditations of my heart not what they should be at that moment?
These are words to live by. Not just for the pastor beginning a sermon and for us listening, but all of us all the time. Before saying a word, before thinking a thought, before holding something in heart...is it acceptable to God? Granted, a tall order but remember, God is our rock and our redeemer. That gives us strength to pray these words with hope. -- Ruth Gates
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