Sunday, November 6, 2011

Of harps and horses

For Robert's 33rd PsalmChallenge at Daily Athens, here is Psalm 33.

1 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright. 2 Praise the LORD with the lyre, make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
3 Sing to him a new song, play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
4 For the word of the LORD is upright; and all his work is done in faithfulness. 5 He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.

6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of his mouth. 7 He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle; he put the deeps in storehouses. 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD, let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! 9 For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood forth.
10 The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nought; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. 11 The counsel of the LORD stands for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

13 The LORD looks down from heaven, he sees all the sons of men; 14 from where he sits enthroned he looks forth on all the inhabitants of the earth, 15 he who fashions the hearts of them all, and observes all their deeds.
16 A king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. 17 The war horse is a vain hope for victory, and by its great might it cannot save.

18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, 19 that he may deliver their soul from death, and keep them alive in famine. 20 Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and shield. 21 Yea, our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. 22 Let thy steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in thee.
Today I used the RSV, but the Hebrew with old English translation is at Mechon Mamre.
Window of Ps. 33 at the Great Synagogue, Jerusalem.
"David's Harp" by Shaul Baz, was at Mamilla mall exhibit.
"The creation of Man--sound of silence" by Betty Wachsstock Schonfeld, was as Mamilla. It is worthwhile enlarging this photo to see how Adam is stepping out of a block.
Ottoman Turkish soldier on horseback, Museum of Islamic Art Jerusalem.


Louis la Vache said...

Dina, you do such a fine job illustrating your Psalm posts. The time, care and thought that goes into these posts is obvious. It is always a delight to see what you've done!

Dina said...

Merci cher Louis. Well, living in the Holy Land gives one lots of photos to illustrate the Psalms.
I find it a good spiritual discipline to read one psalm a week, pray it, think about it, live with it, and then finally match up pictures to it.
It's something I would not have done so regularly without the support and challenge of the PsalmChallenge group.

VP said...

You always give your best for this challenge, Great set of photos,

Patsy said...

Just the way it should be done.
Much discipline, read, pray ,think and live it and pictures help. Thank you! You are a inspiration and teaching even the gentile.

Reader Wil said...

Your photos are so breathtakingly beautiful, that I am left speechless. You understand the psalms better than I. It is as if your message is straight from the horse's mouth! I am grateful to read Jewish interpretations. Thank you for your post. This Psalm Challenge is important for us all.

Tania said...

Wonderful art to illustrate this verses. I like what you write to Louis in the comment. We can study the psalms a little closer with this challenge, and often in different translations. It`s great!:-)

Robin said...

Such a beautiful window. I love stained glass.

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Sara at Come Away With Me said...

I knew you would find some unique and perfect objects to photograph for this Psalm. It's always an enjoyable and artistic tour here on your blog.

Anonymous said...

Dina, beautifully expressive photos to compliment this Psalm!

Kay said...

Wow! That is a gorgeous stained glass window. Have a peaceful, happy Sunday, Dina.

Leif Hagen said...

Another brilliant "Psalm Challenge" by you, Dina!
I love the stained glass window photo in particular!

Anonymous said...

Difficult to say anything else. Thank you for your being and your kindess to participate.

And yes, the window is a joy for the sense of sight and thought. Please have a good new week and please do participate again soon.

Cloudia said...

you really share the flavor of the place, Dina!

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Petrea Burchard said...

Let me echo Louis' comment, and add that the care and thought you put into all your posts makes them pure delight for even the non-believer.

That soldier on horseback is a stunning work of art, a real find. I'm glad you search far and wide not only for yourself but to share with us all.

Unknown said...

All artworks are great but the Ottoman solder is amazing!

Unknown said...

hello beautiful Dina, this is magnificent the mix of the heightened sense of biblical spiritualism mixed with light.

yes my god is light and love and lately I have been photographing so many photos where the light breaks through my window creating designs.
I see this post as an inspiration. Have a beautiful week.
love and light.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

the horse sculpture is darn odd. I think I'd have liked it better without the armor and missing man...but the stained glass is divine. How are you Dina? it's been awhile