Prayer: We sing for joy to the Lord even as we remember the times we grumbled. Thank you, God, for your care for us. Amen
Reading: Psalm 95 (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: Gotta love a Psalm that goes on and on about singing for joy, shouting aloud, thanksgiving and music-making. Look at all God has done? Worship and bow down! We are his.
Then the "Ahem!" comes...as in, "This Psalmy stuff is all well and good but let's not forget all that grumbling and complaining you did once (or twice or more times) before." No different than the Israelites, freed from slavery but just a tad bit thirsty in the wilderness. Not so much singing then, that's for sure.
So, Psalm 95 finishes out in a bit more somber and put us in our place sort of way. It's true. We quarrel and test. May as well call our wildernesses Meribah and Massah, too. Ahem! Do not harden your heart. We are under God's care. --Ruth Gates
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