Psalm 27

Psalm 27:10 

Though my father and mother forsake me, 

the Lord will receive me. 

Explanation of this work of art 

This image is based on the story of an adopted person. Being relinquished by the biological parents has made a tremendous impact. It inflicted fear of rejection and the feeling of never measuring up. The words written by this poet have proven to be healing. God accepts us despite our background or merits. This connectedness and attachment give space to also find connection with other people. – Jedi Noordegraaf.  

When were you abandoned? 

There is a type of pain we rather ignore. Can it be that accepting the pain that was inflicted on you is necessary before you can truly start healing? Have you ever experienced that you first had to get lost before you asked someone for directions? You only got home because you finally admitted that you were lost. Have you ever experienced new connections after you finally acknowledged your loneliness and desertedness? Fear of abandonment is an awful feeling many people have to face. It requires courage to admit that you are lost, displaced, deserted and orphaned. Fortunately healing lies ahead. That is why we ask you this challenging question: When were you abandoned? 

Psalm 27 

Of David. 

The Lord is my light and my salvation – 

whom shall I fear? 

The Lord is the stronghold of my life – 

of whom shall I be afraid? 

When the wicked advance against me 

to devour me, 

it is my enemies and my foes 

who will stumble and  

Though an army besiege me, 

my heart will not fear; 

though war break out against me, 

even then I will be confident. 

One thing I ask from the Lord, 

this only do I seek: 

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord 

all the days of my life, 

to gaze on the beauty of the Lord 

and to seek him in his temple. 

For in the day of trouble 

he will keep me safe in his dwelling; 

he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent 

and set me high upon a rock. 

Then my head will be exalted 

above the enemies who surround me; 

at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; 

I will sing and make music to the Lord. 

Hear my voice when I call, Lord; 

be merciful to me and answer me. 

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” 

Your face, Lord, I will seek. 

Do not hide your face from me, 

do not turn your servant away in anger; 

you have been my helper. 

Do not reject me or forsake me, 

God my Savior. 

Though my father and mother forsake me, 

the Lord will receive me. 

Teach me your way, Lord; 

lead me in a straight path 

because of my oppressors. 

Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, 

for false witnesses rise up against me, 

spouting malicious accusations. 

I remain confident of this: 

I will see the goodness of the Lord 

in the land of the living. 

Wait for the Lord; 

be strong and take heart 

and wait for the Lord. 

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