Prayer: Awesome God, as we read the Psalms, may we remember your mighty acts with a strong song in our hearts and go out with your power and strength. Amen
Reading: Psalm 68: 1-10, 32-35 (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: If the Psalms were meant to be songs, as some of them are even captioned, "To the choir-master", then I wonder what kind of songs they were. Probably some were quiet and comforting; some were lively and joyful. Psalm 68 sounds like if should have a superhero movie soundtrack to it. Loud and powerful. Lots of trombones.
Rise up, scatter, drive way, ride upon the clouds, protect, lead, march, provide, send out his mighty voice...these are all actions of our God. Yes, cue the superhero soundtrack. Maybe that would be something to add to our devotion time. Background music to fit the reading.
Best of all then, as you read and listen, note verse 32: Awesome is God in his sanctuary, the God of Israel; he gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God! Play that superhero soundtrack for you, too, and go out there with power and strength from God! --Ruth Gates
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