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Coming Back to Center—The Psalms

Title: Coming Back to Center—The Psalms
Artwork by: Zach Stuef(@stuefcreative)
Description: 
This project is the culmination of a time where I needed to refocus my life on the Cross after a particularly hectic work season when I was a design intern with a major company in Detroit. During that season, I focused solely on myself and my own professional development, diminishing the significance of Christ’s role in my life and neglecting to seek out my Savior for guidance. I realised it was necessary for me to refocus and come back to the center—where Jesus should always be.

I was led to ponder over His words in the book of Psalms and draw creativity out of it. The ultimate goal of this series for me was to explore distilling chunks of meaningful Scripture into a single image. Here are a few meaningful lessons that stood out to me.

I hope that this encourages you to focus on Christ as much as it has helped me.

 

Psalm 133

This psalm celebrates how beautiful it is when believers live in unity and love! When we stick together as a community through our ups and downs, and build each other up, the psalm promises that God will bless us and make us fruitful. Like dew falling on Mount Zion, that cools the air and refreshes the earth, brotherly love will make us flourish spiritually. How important it is for us to grow and love each other in Christ!

 

Psalm 3

This is a psalm that was penned by David when he was running from his enemies. Despite his distress, David’s genuine faith in God shone through. David boldly asked God for help because He knew that God will never fail him. Likewise, in difficult circumstances, we can call out to God, knowing He will never fail us. God delivers us and provides for us. Even though a multitude of enemies surround us, we will not falter for salvation belongs to the Lord.

 

Psalm 102

When we are hit with affliction like the psalmist, we should look to God, our Savior. He is strong, steady and consistent like a lighthouse, guiding our way amid the storms of life. God has compassion on His people and will grant us sufficient grace to press on through difficulties. Let us praise and honor God, for He is worthy of our praise!

 

Psalm 139

God is omniscient and omnipotent. He knows our every thought, feeling, and action. No matter where we go, He will always be with us. As our Creator, God knows us inside and out. Let us take comfort in the knowledge that God is with us and will help us wherever we are. Let us invite God to sanctify, search, and know our hearts intimately.

 

Psalm 73

Title: Psalm 73
Materials: Hand Lettering
Description: It is incredibly easy in our day and age  to get caught up in envy over others. Through the bombardment of “perfect” lifestyles over social media, it seems like our own day to day lives aren’t just enough. There’s always something to covet for whether it be that “to-die-for” eyeshadow palette all the bloggers are raving about or an effortless holiday in a private jet. However through Psalm 73 we are once again reminded that these material things will ultimately fade with death and our eternity rests with God, not with money or possessions or fame. For “whom have I in heaven but you?”

 

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It’s so easy for the green eyed monster to strike- especially when we see others clearly not living in Christ, amassing great wealth, attaining enviable social status or having great physical beauty. Being a Christian seemingly comes with so many rules and regulations- a strait-jacket against a life lead by those with lifestyles that are deemed “fun” by the world. They aren’t bound by constant struggle against sin, they freely give into it and on the surface they live happy lives.

 

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But through the latter half of Psalm 73, we are brought back into the reality that our lives here on Earth are but fleeting and our ultimate eternity rests with God in Heaven. All those who are not with God, those who live in apparent prosperity and lead a carefree life will undoubtedly be brought to Him on Judgement day. Their earthly treasures, their wealth and healthy bodies will be nothing but a dream when our God arises.

When we put all this into perspective, our several decades on Earth compared to eternity seems nothing. Everything we desire in the World will not exist in Heaven- for whom have we in Heaven but God? So why don’t we bring Heaven down to Earth right now, and seek to be near Him, instead of perishable earthly riches.

“As for me, it is GOOD to be near GOD”

Artist Feature | Daisy Zheng

Daisy Zheng

Hello! My name is Daisy and I’m currently 22 years old. I live in Sydney, Australia and my parents are both from China. I recently graduated from a Design degree in Photography from the University of Technology, Sydney and I work as a photographer for the Sydney Opera House!

I’ve always believed that there was a God- but wasn’t too sure exactly what he was about. Kind of thought he was a lovely gentle grandfather type figure who watches over us and gives us what we want if we’re good enough- a little like Santa Claus you could say. Like most teenagers, I went through an existential crisis and a terrible rebellious few years during high school but through all the bad, my family emerged better than ever before with my father converting to Christianity and my whole family quickly following suit. From that moment on, there is no doubt in my heart that God has a plan and purpose for everything- please stick it through to find out what it is. 🙂

 

 

Poem: Song of Praise

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Written By Debra Ayis, Nigeria

Oh Lord my God,
Who will comfort me?
If not You,
Who shall I turn to?
If not You,
If You do not come to my aid,
What shall become of me?

For it is in You only I trust,
It is only You I rely on.
Therefore, if You leave me,
Who shall I lean on?
To whom shall I turn to?
For evil is before me,
And weak as I am,
I cannot overcome it.

Come to my rescue,
Oh Lord, and prove
Your word to me.
Let the world know and believe
That You love me
And You will never leave me alone.

Click on the image or click here to download.

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The Mountainous Task I Faced

“I could’ve died.”

That was the only thought that flashed through my mind as I sat at the back of a small police van with 11 of my friends.

Just two hours ago, my friends and I embarked on a climb of Cape Town’s Lion’s Head Mountain. I’ve never been an adventure buff so I went along with the plans reluctantly.

We were in the tail end of winter and it had been raining even before we started our climb. Decked in only two layers and wearing shorts, I knew it was going to be a challenging climb.

The climb started easy but got progressively harder. From straightforward trails, we had to climb up steps made of logs, a ladder, and even scale the side of the mountain with only chains to hang on to.

The promise of a great view at the top slowly faded away. Soon, we were engulfed by the low-hanging clouds as the wind and rain hit down hard on us.

Eventually, we decided that it was way too tough to carry on the climb and decided to go back down. However, another problem cropped up. Our transport back was waiting at the other side of the mountain and not on the same side as where we came from.

We started the descent slowly down the same way we came up. We knew that there was a specific junction where we had to turn to reach the coach—however, by that time, visibility was a problem, we could barely see beyond five metres.

The turn we took proved more challenging, as signs of soil erosion were evident and directional signs were all washed out. Everyone knew that we were lost and the uncertainty of making it back was real.

It was at this juncture that I started to panic. And in quiet desperation I turned to God in prayer. I called out to Him for help, because there was really no way I could trust myself.

“I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”
Psalm 121:1-2 (ESV)

Like the psalmist who was on a pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem, the hill must’ve been a difficult climb. But the reminder that God our Creator is our help, places the mountain, in all its grandeur and treachery, under the command of He who made it. It was a surreal thought.

“He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.”
Psalm 121:3

Beyond acknowledging that God is all powerful, the assurance that He is ever watchful is doubly amazing.

About an hour into trying to find the coach, we saw a road and made a dash for it. We found a police van that was situated by the road and we were given a good talking to for attempting the climb.

Apparently, the guide in the coach had called the police to search for us. Within an hour, they were going to call in a search and rescue team.

As we sat at the back of the police van, I was reminded of how God had been watching over us the whole time. He graciously provided us a way out in the toughest of all situations. He was faithful even when I was weak.

It is a good reminder to realize that we have a God who never sleeps nor slumbers. He is faithful always and we should be looking to Him at every juncture of our lives.

Don’t wait till you’re lost on a mountain to realize that God is there all the time.

Written by Isaac Tan for YMI

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