Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on October 2, 2014.
Prayer: Help your Word be a light to my path, o Lord. 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?
Reflection: Ever read a Bible passage and go, "Huh?" That's what happened to me today when I read this Psalm. I was particularly struck by verse 2 which says, "...night to night declares knowledge." And I thought, "What does that mean?"
And then I thought of all the reading I've done in my lifetime at night. I like to read before bedtime and have done that since I was very young. I can remember cuddling up to a book under my covers when I was in elementary and middle school. I've been told that when you study for a test, you'll remember the information more if you read it right before you sleep. Once, I even tried to put a book under my pillow, hoping the knowledge would come into my mind by osmosis!
So, I guess it is appropriate that David reminds us that we get knowledge in the night. There are lots of good lessons to learn after the sun goes down. What have you learned in the dark? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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