Prayer: Accept the praises we offer, Lord.
Reading: Psalm 98 (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: When I read this psalm, I immediately think of camp. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord; sing praises to God. The images in my head right now are those of campers and staff singing after meals. We sure do make joyful noises unto God!
When I was in my church choir as a youngster, I remember our choir director at the time telling us that the great thing about vocal music was that everyone can sing. Some can do it better than others, mind you, but everyone can sing.
I don’t think God cares what it sounds like. When you praise God with your voice, or a lyre, or a trumpet, or any instrument, God is pleased. So today, go praise God and make a joyful noise! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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