Year of Scripture – Day 169

Super proud of our youth again today. Our adventure/service took us to the Ohio Bird Sanctuary just outside of Mansfield, Ohio. Our task was to weed a butterfly garden. Can’t say any of us knew the difference between the “good” plants and “bad” plants. Either way we made a huge difference in pulling something “green” from the butterfly garden. We also had the joy of feeding some injured birds in one of their enclosed walk though cages. What a blessing. Our evening took us to the rock wall. Most of our youth were brave enough to take on the 30 foot wall and zip line. Way to go! We closed our day in small groups where they were asked to read the Psalm together and then share their thoughts. This is what they had to say:

Today’s readings:
Psalm 26-31

Psalm 26

The youth’s interpretation:
We should stay true to God and not go along with the crowed. We should continually ask for God’s protection, and God will continue to give it to us.

Psalm 27

The youth’s interpretation:
God will always be there for us. God will always take care of us. God continually gives us courage and confidence to make us stronger.

Psalm 28

The youth’s interpretation:
Hear me God, because I’ve done good! I don’t want to be (an I”m not) like those who have done bad.

Psalm 29

The youth’s interpretation:
These words summarize the great things God does for us. We should all try to follow in God’s footsteps.

Psalm 30

The youth’s interpretation:
No matter how bad things my be . . . joy will come to you . . . because God is with you.

Psalm 31

The youth’s interpretation:
We love, trust, and follow you. Please save us from those evil people.

My Thoughts:

I didn’t make too many notes as the youth were trying to dig in to God’s word themselves. But a few things are note worthy in the last three Psalms. Psalm 29 calls on the name of the Lord and reveals the power of God’s voice. What would you hear if you heard God calling? How does God speak? What does God sound like. Is it mighty and loud, or soft and compassionate? Listen as God is still speaking . . .

There is one verse in Psalm 30 that speaks well to me, verse 5:

For is anger is but for a moment;
his favor is for a lifetime
.

What a great summary of the love and mindset of God. Does God get upset when we do something wrong? Sure. Yet, thanks be to God, that moment of disappointment only last for a moment! For we then quickly return to the loving embrace of a compassionate parent.

As you read through Psalm 31, one verse should sound familiar. Check out verse 5. These are Jesus final words from the cross. Isn’t it reassuring to know Jesus knew the scriptures! Even at that, the rest of the Psalm speaks of anguish and suffering. Certainly as Jesus spoke these final words to us, he knew first hand the anguish and pain of the cross as he died for you and me.

Peace,
Pastor Bailey

Readings for the next few days: 
Wednesday, June 19: Psalm 32-35 
Thursday, June 20: Psalm 36-39 
Friday, June 21: Psalm 40-45
Saturday, June 22: Psalm 46-50
Sunday, June 23: Psalm 51-57
Monday, June 24: Psalm 58-65

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