Illuminated Psalm 139:7,8
Illuminated Psalm 139:7,8 - by Adam Rhine
Acrylic, Watercolor, and Colored Pencil on Arches Watercolor Paper

For more information about this painting, email the artist at adam@hebrewart.com
"Where can I go from Your spirit? And where can I flee from Your Presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in the lowest depths, behold You are there."
Tehillim/Psalm 139:7,8


There is nowhere in this entire universe that lacks the presence of the Creator. King David sings of this reality throughout the Book of Psalms and makes it clear to us that a living and true relationship with the Source of Existence isn’t just about riding on a high through the good times. In all our perfectly imperfect humanness, God is with us. Sometimes it takes reaching rock bottom for us to wake up to this truth. There is nowhere too dark for the Source of love to find us, and nowhere too illuminated for us to seek Him, for we are inseparable. To believe otherwise is an illusion.

The instinct to f lee is human, but we can never ultimately run from our true selves, for they are rooted in the divine. This truth can set us free from doubt and fear and open us to a greater Love. It can restore our faith through hard times. It is said that the seeker is the sought. This month let us contemplate this as we seek to live within Presence.



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