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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

The Voice of the Lord

Hello Friends,

Recently an online friend suggested that I try to paint a lion. I did this drawing in my bible with water colour pencils as a practice. I actually traced the basic outline into my bible with carbon paper. Then I went over my traced lines and also added detail with my water colour pencils. The photo I used was shot by Glennis Weston and submitted to Paint My Photo for artist members to use. If you are a member, you can see the photo here. If you want to become a member, you can sign up here.
This morning I came back to meditate on the scriptures which were my focus when I did my drawing, the verses I had originally highlighted in blue. (Ps.28:6;29:11) This morning I dove in a little deeper and what struck me was the repeated, "the voice of the Lord" in Psalm 29.

"The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning.
The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, "Glory!"
(Psalm 29:3-10)

Psalm 30 goes on to talk about the Lord bringing restoration, strength and healing to his people and "turning their mourning into dancing".

It wasn't until I read Psalm 30 that I remembered the person who suggested I should paint a lion told me that the Lion was roaring. Now, when he first told me that I wasn't too keen on the idea. Several times over the last year I have seen a lion, in my mind's eye, as I have been praying or worshiping. The Lion has always been friendly to me; at times I could almost feel his fur caressing my face. Now I realize that they are not two different lions.

The Lion that shows me his face is all gentleness, comfort and love toward me. But when that same Lion faces my enemies, when he gets between me and the things that beat me down, that is when HE ROARS. And HIS ROAR is mighty because he is defending his beloved child - me.
Jesus has been referred to in scripture as "the Lion of Judah" who breaks every chain. He is mighty and fierce because He is driven by love. His love is for you for you ARE beautiful and you ARE loved.

Blessing hugs,

1 comment:

Desire Fourie said...

This is so very special Teresa and so very apt for Psalm 30. Would never have thought to do this in my bible xxx
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