Sunday, September 4, 2011

Whose God is taller?

Robert at Daily Athens is restarting our PsalmChallenge after a summer break.
We are up to Psalm 24. You are welcome to join in and try your hand at illustrating a verse (or all the verses) every Sunday.
I repost mine from last June (before I knew we were out on vacation), but it's OK--this great Psalm deserves repetition.
P S A L M 24
1 A Psalm of David.

The earth is the LORD's and the fulness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein;
2 for he has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers.
3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully. 5 He will receive blessing from the LORD, and vindication from the God of his salvation. 6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. [Selah]
7 Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O everlasting doors! that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is the King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle! 9 Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O everlasting doors! that the King of glory may come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! [Selah] .
Photo (more beautiful when enlarged):
The bottom of the stained glass window says, in Hebrew, "Lift up your heads, O gates."
The window is one of many in Jerusalem's Great Synagogue that are based on verses in the Book of Psalms.

I cannot read these verses without hearing the cantor singing them half a century ago in the synagogue of my youth in Chicago. The whole congregation would sing the stirring words in Hebrew as the doors of the Holy Ark were opened, revealing the Torah scrolls.
UPDATE: Dr. Ray Vander Laan explains why the Hebrew gate heads had to be lifted up in a short but great video filmed in Egypt. Recommended!


Spiderdama said...

Wonderful glass with some great details.
"Lift up your heads, and be lifted up.." Great words!
Wish you a blessed week Dina:-)

Madge said...


Leif Hagen said...

Such a gorgeous stained glass window/door!

Anonymous said...

A reason why I do prefer glass over diamonds, as latter can't ever create such beauty.

Hopefully it is not too bad taking this 'break'. Please exept me appologies. Many things still going on 'behind' the sight of the side; which will be on hold from Tuesday on until July first.
Please have a good new week and hopefully take part from September on with the Psalms again. Hopefully being able to continue in the first place.

VP said...

Wonderful window, great post with a moving personal touch.

Reader Wil said...

The beauty of the stained glass window goes very well with the verses 7 and 8. Lift up your heads!
Is there no psalm next week?

Winchester Daily Photos said...

Lovely colours in the glass.

Spiderdama said...

I am very happy for this challenge. And I still think the same about the glass as last time I commented.
God`s word is stronger and clearer every day with him.
Hope you have a blessed week Dina
Hugs from Tania:-)

Leif Hagen said...

A gorgeous stained glass window! I should get my act together and join in the Psalm challenge fun!

Anonymous said...

One wishes that light would be able to know what it is able to do - such joy to see.

Thank you very much for your kind participation ! Please have a good new week and please join again soon.

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Thanks for the video link....I've been wondering what that phrase means and trying to visualize how gates could lift up their heads. My question is now answered!

That is a beautiful window...I think I agree with Robert, preferring glass over diamonds...there is nothing like it when the light shines through.