I love Psalm 84!
David Kitz writes three chapters on it in his book Psalms Alive! I did a Bible journal sketch for each of them.
The first section (Chapter 12 in his book focusing on Psalm 84:1-4) is about living in God’s house. I love the word pictures of sparrows nesting there—all the more because my maiden name was “Sperling” (German), which translates to “sparrow.” I doodled this picture in the margin of my Bible, based on Psalm 84:3,4.
The middle section (Chapter 13 – Psalm 84:5-9) is about the faith journey or pilgrimage. I focused on verse 5: “Blessed are those whose strength is in You, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. They go from strength to strength till each appears before God in Zion” – Psalm 84:5.
Because my Bible margin was already full, I did a journal entry in my sketch book. Ever since I saw the idea of using footprints in a Bible journal entry, I’ve wanted to do that. This seemed like a good place to use that idea.
The quotes on the shoe soles are from Chapter 13 of Psalms Alive! (pp. 121-128):
Right (top) shoe:
“He brings hope into the Valley of Despair”
“We are called to a faith journey.”
“He is the great transformer. He brings light into darkness.”
“Read God’s Word daily.”
“It is the way of the cross that will bring us safely into His arms.”
He will be living water.”
Left (bottom) shoe:
“The place of weeping becomes a place of living springs when Jesus passes by.”
“We are to undertake this walk together.”
“He brings joy into sorrowful hearts.”
“Bread of Life sustains us.”
“Hear His voice.”
“Our strength is in the LORD.”
“Strength for our pilgrimage comes only from Him.”
The last section (Chapter 14 – Psalm 84:10-12) was about how this is really a love psalm to God. I chose to illustrate it with a wonderful quote of David Kitz’s that fit on the overleaf side of my Bible—“Love is at the core of every special day”— paired with Psalm 84:10: “For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.”
After all that, I love Psalm 84 even more!
(David’s book Psalms Alive! is really quite wonderful as an in-depth study of selected psalms. His writing is full of vivid word pictures and meaty quotes that make it a perfect resource for those of us attempting to personalize and add colour and images to our Bible pages.)
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This is one of my favorites! The Lord used it to bring me through the Valley of Weeping a couple of times! I even wrote a book of poems, A new Song, that use this Psalm as a guide throughout.
Thanks for sharing! I love to journal in my Bible too. You’re a much better artist than I am! 🙂 God Blessed!
Thank you, Abigail! What a fabulous idea–poems using Psalm 84 as a guide. But there’s so much in this psalm, I can see how one could use it as a guide or template.
Re: artistry, I love what the Complete Guide to Bible Journaling says about this practice: “The focus of Bible journaling is not the art but rather the significance of the message and what it means to you.”
I love the way your artwork supports the message of the scripture. Beautifully done!
Thank you, Sharon! This is something I find very fun and fulfilling.