A Life Deeply Nourished – Psalm 1
Today’s art is a response to Psalm 1:
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
or sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish. (Psalm 1 ESV)
Cindi’s thoughts on her art follow:
I believe this Scripture holds the answer to living a life that is truly free in Christ – a life that is deeply nourished, bears much fruit, and is filled with light in a very dark world.
“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers…”
The word blessed in this passage literally translates, “Oh the happiness.” This world offers so many counterfeits to true happiness, selling us lies that power, wealth, comfort or status will fulfill us. As a believer, our happiness isn’t swayed by external circumstances that change moment by moment. Instead, we have received an internal and eternal joy held secure by a God who never changes. Malachi 3:6 “For I am the LORD, I do not change.”
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
How often do we forfeit this power God has given us? He tells us His Word is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). Do we truly believe this? Do we trust Him to work in and through our lives to bear much fruit for His kingdom as we rely fully on Him? I want my life to be evidence of a faith that moves mountains (Matthew 17:20). But, too often, I try to run the race in my own strength and end up frustrated and exhausted. I need His word to constantly remind me that He is my strength. “The Lord is my strength and my shield, my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” Psalm 28:7
LORD, As I meditate on your Word plant me by your nourishing stream. Bear much fruit in my life that Your name might be glorified. Amen
Cindi Koceich (at left in photo) is a photographer and graphic design artist. By personality she is a left-brained, list-making fanatic…so only God’s design can explain the right-brained career choices. She is the wife to a fully right-brained, creative and fun husband and mom to four beautiful children. When the adoption of her youngest child, Sam, landed her in Ethiopia in 2010, Cindi was immediately captured by the people and beauty of Africa. She has since returned to Ethiopia twice for the purpose of missions. Her heart is bent to share the joy of the Lord that is so alive in the people of Ethiopia through Scripture art and photographs. You can view her chalkboard style Scripture art through her Etsy shop and photographs on SelahStudiosPhotography.com or Facebook page.