Thank you so much for all the emails and comments that you have sent letting me know you are joining us for this month of March. Almost every person said they are BRAND NEW to Bible Art Journaling and I am going to go super detailed to make sure I don't lose anyone!
You were to read Psalm 119...if you didn't. Please stop here. Grab your bible, and read through it. We need to keep the context of the verses we look at correct to be sure to acccurately handle God's Word. One problem I see today is the tendency to grab a verse out of the bible and try to apply it. We run the risk of assuming something God may have never intended when we are not diligent to carefully observe the text in its context before we see what that verse actually means. Only then are we prepared to seek its application.
So we've read Psalm 119 and what did you find out about it? Who are the 'who's in it? What is this Psalm about?
Psalm 119 is all about the Word of God. It is an acrostic poem that has 22 stanzas that follow the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Your bible may have titles above each of these stanzas with words like ALEPH, BETH, GIMEL--these are the Hebrew letters. We see the Word of God referred to in a number of different ways: testimonies, commandments, word, precepts, statutes, etc. So whenever we read these words we know this is a reference to God's Word.
We also see the personal pronoun "I". The author of Psalm 119 is believed to be David (although some commentators feel Ezra may be the author). So every time we see I, me, my...we know it's talking about a person.
We see other pronouns You, His, Your, Lord, God. This is God.
That is what we are going to focus on in our study here: God, His Word, and man (I), with a little deviation today, as we focus on verse1-4 that speak of the BLESSED (which refers to those who love the Lord and His Word, so it still applies!).
Knowing that most of you that have communicated with me are not accustomed to marking in your bible, we are going to start off very slowly and easily! As a matter of fact, techniques I am going to show you over the next few days could keep you from making any marks in your bible at all, if you do not feel comfortable!
Let's get started! Ok, Psalm 119:1-4 is talking about the blessed and who the blessed are. Just like yesterday, where I used plain copy paper that I have cut into strips just short of my margins (1.75" x 8"), I use these to put in my bible. It's helpful to see where we are going before I start with instructions:
I'll be back tomorrow with another techinique as we finish verses 4-8 of Psalm 119. Why not go ahead and meditate on verses 1-8 until then?
Let me know if you have questions or comments or joys to share as you create your own!
May God bless your ART...and your HEART,