So I’ve been playing around with this scripture for the last few days and not really sure how I wanted to create this sheet. Then on Facebook (don’cha just love it?) I saw this photo of an amazing cake and thought, that’s it! So this is based on that photo.
Love Psalm 34, there is so much in it. Here it is in The Message Version:
I bless God every chance I get;
my lungs expand with his praise.
I live and breathe God;
if things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy:
Join me in spreading the news;
together let’s get the word out.
God met me more than halfway,
he freed me from my anxious fears.
Look at him; give him your warmest smile.
Never hide your feelings from him.
When I was desperate, I called out,
and God got me out of a tight spot.
God’s angel sets up a circle
of protection around us while we pray.
Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—
how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to him.
Worship God if you want the best;
worship opens doors to all his goodness.
Young lions on the prowl get hungry,
but God-seekers are full of God.
Come, children, listen closely;
I’ll give you a lesson in God worship.
Who out there has a lust for life?
Can’t wait each day to come upon beauty?
Guard your tongue from profanity,
and no more lying through your teeth.
Turn your back on sin; do something good.
Embrace peace—don’t let it get away!
God keeps an eye on his friends,
his ears pick up every moan and groan.
God won’t put up with rebels;
he’ll cull them from the pack.
Is anyone crying for help? God is listening,
ready to rescue you.
If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there;
if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.
Disciples so often get into trouble;
still, God is there every time.
He’s your bodyguard, shielding every bone;
not even a finger gets broken.
The wicked commit slow suicide;
they waste their lives hating the good.
God pays for each slave’s freedom;
no one who runs to him loses out.
Praise, devotion, evangelism, calling out to God, faithfulness, worship, instruction, repentance, brokenness and salvation. All of this in one Psalm? I could meditate on that for days – well I kind of have!
So advice for this one – colour slowly and really think about the whole Psalm. God’s goodness is the overall theme, but if you just look at that one line, you are just looking at one element of what the Psalmist is saying here. I reckon this alone gives you enough instruction for life! You can listen online via Bible Gateway (click on the speaker icon on the right of the page) while you colour, and also try different translations, it helps to give a fuller flavour of what is being said.
Plus, I know cakes might not be all that healthy and maybe a better illustration would be of fruit or something healthier, but the reasons I liked the photo of the cake in the first place was it’s beauty, it’s extravagance and the delight it brings just by looking at it – so imagine what it would be like to taste it! Our God is a God of beauty extravagance and delight (giving us life in all it’s fullness – John 10:10). So a cake? heck yeah! I want to taste all He has for me…