Sunday, May 29, 2011

A king and his harp

Our weekly group of Psalm-illustrating bloggers is slowly growing.
Thanks to Robert at Daily Athens PsalmChallenge for getting us started and keeping us going.
You too are welcome to try it once or twice or 150 times.
Psalm 21

In your strength the king rejoices, O Lord, and in your help how greatly he exults!
2 You have given him his heart's desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips. (Selah) 3 For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold on his head.

4 He asked you for life; you gave it to him— length of days forever and ever. 5 His glory is great through your help; splendor and majesty you bestow on him. 6 You bestow on him blessings forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence. 7 For the king trusts in the Lord, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.
8 Your hand will find out all your enemies; your right hand will find out those who hate you. 9 You will make them like a fiery furnace when you appear. The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them. 10 You will destroy their offspring from the earth, and their children from among humankind. 11 If they plan evil against you, if they devise mischief, they will not succeed. 12 For you will put them to flight; you will aim at their faces with your bows. .
13 Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power. .
Statues at Mamilla Mall Bible Stories exhibit:
"David" by Avri Regev

"David BaRuach" by Gavriel Ben-Haim, inspired by I Samuel 16:23 -- "And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took the harp, and played with his hand; so Saul found relief, and it was well with him, and the evil spirit departed from him."


Spiderdama said...

What a beautiful art, the last pic. Should learned to play on such an instrument.

Happy and blessed week to you Dina:-)

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Your choice of art for today's post is just right...King David and his harp! I wonder if he played his harp often in his later years, or were the duties of kingship too demanding, and I wonder what those ancient harps sounded like too.

Leif Hagen said...

I'm gonna have to get my act together so I can join in the Psalm Challenge fun!

ρομπερτ said...

Ancient sound and wisdom finding way through your images. Thank you very much for your kind participation !

Please have you all a good new week and please join again soon.

daily athens

Reader Wil said...

I wouldn't mind getting that last piece of art! It's perfect! King David was a great musician!

Patsy said...

God keep you all from the evil to come.

Hilda said...

Ever since I first came upon the psalms about David singing and dancing his praise, they have never ceased to make me smile. Suddenly, the celebrations of the Roman Catholic Church seem so stiff and staid.

Both are lovely pieces of art, but I like the rawness of the first one.

VP said...

Two very different pieces of art. My favorite is the second, but the first it is not bad...

Suzanne said...

Love the diverging sculptures on King David and his harp. It would be fun to see a montage of the many harp images around Jerusalem....the bridge by the train station, Ir David, etc. Just thinking out loud!