Illustrating Psalm 23

Illustrating Psalm 23 is easy–and at the same time–challenging…

Do you have a favorite Psalm? I have several. Psalm 23 is one of my all-time favorites, although the more that I read and study the Psalms, the more that I find to love and appreciate.

Every part of Psalm 23 is so beautiful. Illustrating Psalm 23 may seem like a post more suited to my ArtandDesign blog–and in some ways it is, but for now I just want to have fun with it and see where it takes me.

Psalm 23 (NKJV)

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want (friendly sheep drawing on green hilly print background). Illustrating Psalm 23
I don’t have any pictures of sheep in my collection right now, so this sheep is drawn by hand (you may recognize it from my ABCs hand towel design). This sheep could stand-in for a self-portrait. It has brown eyes; I have brown eyes. It’s also fluffy and–yeah–maybe a little on the goofy side too. Maybe, someday, I’ll take a photo of a sheep and replace this illustration, but for now, it’s perfect for illustrating Psalm 23.

I chose this next photo because of all the green. We were at Pioneers Park when this photo was taken, but Mom took the photo with my camera while I flopped on the car seat “lying down” because I wasn’t feeling well at the time. But–oh–how happy I was, just to be there, surrounded by all that beautiful, soothing green.

There is something so beautifully serene and restorative about a nice quiet pond with fish barely rippling the surface. If God’s Word is like that quiet water, then we need to be like the fish.

I illustrated this bit with a church steeple, because all true paths of righteousness lead ultimately to Jesus, our only Way of Salvation, and a church steeple points toward heaven–and God.

We have nothing to fear, not even death, when we walk with God and He is our sole focus.

When is a Bible not just another book? When we find hope and healing and comfort and correction inside its pages. When it becomes a table spread before us with a spiritual banquet feast…

Anointing with oil symbolizes being set aside to holiness; a cup running over symbolizes joy.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this as much as I have! If you leave a comment down below, maybe we can do it again sometime.

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