Prayer: Lord, our mouths are filled with praise as we bless you at all times. Amen!
Reading: Psalm 34: 1-10, 22 (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: You can tell when a little one has something in their mouth they shouldn't. They just have that look. The parent right away asks, "What is in your mouth?" and the child has to open up and show it. It could be a marble (Danger!), a fuzzy from the floor (Yuck!) or a cookie snuck from the cookie jar (Yum but not before dinner.). It matters what is in there.
What is in your mouth right now? Breakfast or an afternoon snack depending on when you read this? Nothing because this is your bedtime devotion and you just brushed your teeth? Your favorite beverage because all day we seem to have a latte, soda pop or water bottle in hand? (Stay hydrated! That matters, too.)
Psalm 34 tells us bless the LORD at all times, his praise is continually in (our) mouths. (v. 1) What if praise were always in our mouths? Open up and show it. It matters what is in there. --Ruth Gates
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