that has breath
praise the Lord.
Explanation of this piece of art
The psalms are the lungs of the Bible for many people. What if God is our breath? What if God flows through my lungs and touches my heart? What if He makes me sigh because of emotions?
Our minds try to create an image of God, to make Him into something which can be studied and understood. These attempts are in vain. We cannot comprehend God. It is such a bizarre notion. How could we ever be successful in fully understanding who God is? Maybe just living our lives is the only thing we can and should be doing. Breathing. ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord’ sings this psalm. When you breath, you praise God. When you live, you are an expression of the Fountain of Life.
In this image we see two lungs filled with God’s breath. In this breath we see people making music. From that music a tree grows up. This tree also refers back to the beginning of the Psalms. He will be like a tree… – Jedi Noordegraaf
What are you grateful for?
Psalm 150 completes the circle of the Psalms. The tree of praise from psalm 1 – the beginning of your circle through this church- is rooted in the praise of everything that has breath. The first psalm dealt with bearing fruit, not withering and blooming instead. Blooming as the highest purpose. In this blooming we find the promise of a fruitful life. Whenever we people flourish, it is healing for us. But most importantly meant to bring praise to God.
We become more and more singular people. Our breath contains our admiration for our lives and our thanks to God. More often than not we cannot express our feelings in words. Sometimes we can only express ourselves in images, music or silence.
What are you grateful for today?
Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
The art of Jedi Noordegraaf is for sale in his web shop: www.studiovandaar.nl