Monday, October 15, 2007

Word Art

I have been agonizing over what to put on my wall. I have three EXTRA-LARGE (minimum 2'x4' each) canvases in my possession that I plan to put around the apartment with the Word of God on them. I have been planning this project for about a year at least. This one canvas has been gessoed and primed for a few years, actually. It hangs an empty wash of yellow ochre in the living room. It begs for Scripture. But seeing as these will take a lot of time to complete, I didn't want to be frivolous about the verses on them. So I'm finally coming to a passage I think keeps coming back to me, as I continue to grow.

The book of Deuteronomy was a pivotal book in my conversion experience. I learned a LOT about the sovereignty of God. I learned doctrine that my pastor at the time was not preaching from the pulpit, all by personal study. But as I look BACK on my life and my desperate state, I see the one thing I struggle with the most, my thorn, and that is the sin of pride and unbelief. So, calling upon the Word of the Lord, I fall back on this chapter of Deuteronomy to remind me of where I have been. I have highlighted the portion I'd like to put up on the canvas in the living room, hanging right above the chair and table I do my morning Bible reading at.

[Deuteronomy 8]
1 Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers. 2 Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. 4 Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. 5 Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.

6 Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and revering him. 7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.

10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 15 He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. 16 He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17 You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me." 18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.

19 If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. 20 Like the nations the LORD destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the LORD your God.

I honestly would love to put the whole chapter up, but I'd like for the words to be discernible from across the living room. I'd like to be able to read it before leaving the house every morning, and upon entering it again.


At 10:07 PM, Blogger Bobo B'nai said...

I have only a few I'd like to put on mine...

"And it came to pass..."


"Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen..."

One could spend a lifetime pursuing the depths of those few words and never touch bottom.

At 11:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great idea! Will you take of picture of it and post it here so we can see what it looks like?

At 6:32 AM, Blogger mark pierson said...

Keep on saturating your heart with His word, my young friend! Keep your eyes on Him.


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