Prayer: Dear Lord, our help is in you. Praise be to you! You are the Maker of heaven and earth. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 124 (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?
If the LORD had not been on our side – let Israel say – if the LORD had not been on our side… Psalm 124 1, 2a
We read our Bibles. We pray our prayers. We sing songs. We share God’s love. Do we ever just say it, though? Do we ever just come right out and say, “Praise be to you, LORD!” just because?
The Psalmist starts out with a reminder, “If the LORD had not been on our side…” and pauses so everyone can nod their heads and think to themselves, “Oh yeah, if He hadn’t been on our side it would have been just terrible!” But the Psalmist doesn’t let the listeners just think it to themselves. The Psalmist pauses and tells them, “let Israel say – if the LORD had not been on our side…” It’s like a “repeat after me” Psalm. And I imagine they all did.
Why? Because sometimes you just have to say it out loud - acknowledge our Maker, be humbly grateful for God’s help and praise Him. It is good for ourselves and for everyone around us.
Praise be the LORD…Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 124: 6a, 8
Let’s say it!
--Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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