We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on December 29, 2016.
Prayer: Praise the Lord! Praise him for his universal glory! Amen
Reading: Psalm 148 (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: Verses 3-6 of Psalm 148 speak of the whole universe praising God. Sun, moon, stars, highest heavens and waters above the heavens. Reminds me of the last verse of one of our favorite camps songs, Psalm 150, "Praise the Lord with ALL creation!" (emphasis added along with large arm motions).
Verse 6 ends with, "He fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed." We recently mourned the loss of John Glenn, the first man to orbit the earth. I am sure the Psalmist never thought that would happen! The bounds of the heavens were fixed and could not be passed. But man did. To the moon after that and maybe someday to Mars.
A footnote in my Bible has an alternate translation of cannot be passed. *Or he set a law that cannot pass away. God commanded creation, established it forever and that law cannot pass away. Praise the Lord!
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