Illuminated Psalm 104:1,13-14
Illuminated Psalm 104:1,13-14 - by Adam Rhine
Acrylic, Watercolor, and Colored Pencil on Arches Watercolor Paper

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"My soul bless God... You water the mountains from Your upper chambers, from the fruit of Your works the earth is sated. You cause grass to sprout for cattle, and vegitation for the labor of humankind to bring forth bread from the earth." Tehillim/Psalm 104:1,13-14

The dance of water graces life in all its divinely designed forms, so that natural systems can work in harmony. King David calls upon his soul to bless the Creator for this wondrous world and all that is given life within it. Here he sings of the blessings of rain that flow from the highest mountains to provide sustenance for all of creation.

Water is a manifestation of love and a symbol of spirituality. We are called upon as co-creators to refine the natural ingredients that are given to us, and to infuse matter with spirit. The metaphor of making bread serves to define our interaction with the physical world — how we sow, thresh, knead and bake in conscious
relationship with the Source of life.

This month, let us bless the rain and receive it joyfully as a sacred life-bearing
gift. Let us meditate on how we, being more than seventy-five percent water, can
flow in harmony with our planet. Let us be grateful custodians and work this earth to uplift all living things.

Text by Louise Temple from the 2012 calendar "Illuminated Psalms"